The economic life of the ATR 72 is 70,000 cycles, but based on innovation from the manufacturer and operators alike, ATR is “evaluating the possibility” of setting the limit even higher. Cycle ceilings are important, but it's the optimization of operations during that economic lifetime that matters most. To maximize aircraft utilization, ATR, a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi and EADS, has lengthened C check intervals and is planning to do the same with critical corrosion ...


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