ATR has delivered the first ATR 72-600 twin-turboprop equipped with new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127XT engines to Air Corsica, a milestone coming little more than a year since the update was unveiled.
Revealed at the Dubai air show in November 2021, Air Corsica launched the new propulsion standard with an order for five ATR 72-600s.
P&WC says the XT variant of the PW127 turboprop offers a 3% fuel-burn saving and a 20% reduction in maintenance costs over the current M-model engine.
Air Corsica has also opted to install USB charging ports in the cabin of the new aircraft – a first for an ATR.
Marie-Helene Casanova-Servas, president of Air Corsica’s supervisory board, says: “ATRs are central to our model of air travel in Corsica.
”They have proven to be the right product for our short-haul operations, enabling us to limit our impact on the island’s pristine environment and to meet our passengers’ demand for quick, frequent, reliable, and yet lower-emission, air travel.”