(Toulouse, September 26, 2007) -- The European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR will show its new generation ATR 72-500 aircraft to the main North American airlines and leading US regional carriers during a two-week demonstration flight tour starting at the beginning of October.
This demo tour, entitled "Unveiling the Talent", will provide the opportunity for many of the North American carriers to see first-hand the latest developments from ATR in communications, navigation tools and passenger comfort available on ATR regional turboprop aircraft. The ATR aircraft being featured is equipped with the new "Elegance" cabin, In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system, and Light Emitting Diode (LED) interior lighting.
"The North American market represents a large potential for the latest generation ATRs given their superior economics on the regional routes, their environmental friendliness and the high level of comfort offered to the passengers", declared Stephane Mayer, ATR CEO.
John Moore, ATR Head of Sales, who will lead the tour, added: "This tour will emphasize the '-500 series' ATRs as the optimal solution for replacement of smaller RJs that are uneconomic on shorter regional routes as well as the renewal of aging turboprop fleets".