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E-Jets E2 se­ries of medium-range air­craft, the first of which will be de­liv­ered next year. ATR WORLD LEADER IN TUR­BO­PROP. Toulouse, south­ern France-based tur­bo­prop air­craft man­u­fac­turer ATR, is the world leader in the mar­ket for re­gional air­craft up to 90 seats. Es­tab­lished in Novem­ber 1981, ATR is a joint part­ner­ship be­tween two ma­jor Euro­pean aero­nau­tics play­ers, Air­bus and Leonardo. ATR has sold more than 1,500 air­craft and has over 200 op­er­a­tors in over 100 coun­tries. Ev­ery eight sec­onds, an ATR tur­bo­prop takes off or lands some­where around the world.

ATR man­u­fac­tures two sizes of tur­bo­prop air­craft, the 70-seat ATR 72 and the 50-seat ATR 42. Both air­craft ben­e­fit from fuel, emis­sions and cost ef­fi­cien­cies pro­vided by tur­bo­prop en­gines. ATR tur­bo­props pro­vide air­lines with the best op­por­tu­ni­ties for op­er­at­ing short-haul routes at a low op­er­at­ing cost. Air­lines ser­vic­ing smaller mar­kets des­per­ately need more fuel ef­fi­cien­tair­craft to con­tinue op­er­at­ing reg­u­lar flights be­tween re­gional air­ports and to main air­ports and hubs. BOM­BARDIER BENCH­MARK IN RE­GIONAL JET EF­FI­CIENCY. For medium-haul ap­pli­ca­tions, the CRJ Se­ries fam­ily of air­craft is the bench­mark for re­gional jet ef­fi­ciency in the 60- to 100-seat seg­ment, of­fer­ing up to a 10 per cent cash op­er­at­ing cost ad­van­tage, re­duced en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and en­hanced cabin in­te­ri­ors. With over 1,900 CRJ Se­ries air­craft or­dered world­wide, Bom­bardier’s CRJ Se­ries fam­ily of re­gional jets is recog­nised as the most suc­cess­ful re­gional air­craft pro­gramme in the world. The CRJ Se­ries per­for­mance on reli- abil­ity is over 99.5 per cent thanks to its ma­ture sys­tems and ro­bust tech­nol­ogy.

The CRJ Se­ries shares com­mon­al­ity ben­e­fits from be­ing an in­te­grated fam­ily, pro­vid­ing flex­i­bil­ity to op­er­a­tors and al­low­ing them to op­ti­mise their fleet to spe­cific mar­ket de­mands. No other re­gional air­craft de­liv­ers this ca­pa­bil­ity.

The Q400 of­fers the best of both worlds: able to ei­ther fly slower to min­imise fuel burn or faster to max­imise pro­duc­tiv­ity. At lower speeds, it of­fers the same trip cost as com­pet­ing tur­bo­props, with up to 14 more seats. At higher speeds, the Q400 de­liv­ers over 30 per cent cost ad­van­tage com­pared to the jet air­craft it of­ten re­places.

Sim­ply put, the Q400 has the low­est fuel con­sump­tion per pas­sen­ger of any tur­bo­prop in the in­dus­try, mak­ing it an ef­fi­cient and greener op­tion. On a 500 nau­ti­cal mile jour­ney, the Q400 con­sumes 3 litres of fuel per seat per 100 km, which is com­pa­ra­ble to any other mod­ern next-gen­er­a­tion air­craft fly­ing to­day. In­side and out, the Q400 has been con­tin­u­ously im­proved to make it the largest and most com­fort­able tur­bo­prop in the world. Pas­sen­gers en­joy a qui­eter cabin thanks to the Q400’s unique Ac­tive Noise and Vi­bra­tion Sup­pres­sion sys­tem, which re­sults in noise lev­els lower than those of some jets. MRJ CLEAN SHEET AND MORE. The Mit­subishi Re­gional Jet started with a clean sheet and ended up with a new bench­mark. It be­gan with a goal—to change the way the world thinks about re­gional avi­a­tion. It is de­signed to in­cor­po­rate su­pe­rior tech­nol­ogy and pas­sen­ger com­fort and en­gi­neered to achieve the low­est op­er­a­tional cost and low­est en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. MRJ states that it

will change the way pas­sen­gers fly and it is bet­ter for pas­sen­gers, the en­vi­ron­ment and air­lines. It prom­ises to be the most ef­fi­cient, com­fort­able and re­li­able 70- and 90-seat jets to ever take flight.

It also claims that it is the low­est cost to op­er­ate of any air­craft in its class. MRJ is pow­ered by Pratt & Whit­ney’s PurePower Geared Tur­bo­fan en­gine which was op­ti­mised specif­i­cally for the MRJ. The new gear sys­tem al­lows the fan, low pres­sure com­pres­sor and tur­bine to ro­tate at op­ti­mum speeds which en­ables en­gine to have game-chang­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency. In ad­di­tion, its Geared Tur­bo­fan en­gine ar­chi­tec­ture re­quires 60 per cent fewer tur­bine air­foils than con­ven­tional tur­bo­fan en­gines and re­duces main­te­nance time and cost. SUKHOI SUPERJET 100 OP­TI­MISED DE­SIGN. SSJ100 from Sukhoi is the first air­liner in which en­gine and air­frame have been de­signed to­gether to op­ti­mise per­for­mance. The SSJ100 – a fu­sion of Rus­sia’s famed avi­a­tion de­sign and pro­duc­tion skills with the lat­est sys­tems from lead­ing aero­space sup­pli­ers around the world – of­fers stan­dards of econ­omy, per­for­mance, en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fi­ciency and pas­sen­ger com­fort never be­fore seen in a 100-seat air­liner.

The SSJ100 air­craft en­tered into com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion mid2011. Up un­til March 2016, it had de­liv­ered 78 SSJ100’s. To date more than 1,50,000 flight hours and more than 1,05,000 flight cy­cles have been ac­cu­mu­lated world­wide by the SSJ100 fly­ing fleet. In 2012 the SSJ100 achieved the Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety Agency (EASA) type cer­tifi­cate. The air­craft is also cer­ti­fied by Rus­sian IAC AR as well as by In­done­sian, Laos and Mex­i­can Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­i­ties. In Jan­uary 2016, the SSJ100 was Cat IIIA cer­ti­fied by EASA. Its order book stands at 154. THE ‘FLY­ING PHOENIX’ FROM CHINA — ARJ21. The Comac ARJ21 Xiangfeng which means ‘ fly­ing Phoenix’ is a twin-en­gined re­gional jet, man­u­fac­tured by the Chi­nese aero­space com­pany Comac. On Novem­ber 29, 2015, Comac de­liv­ered the first ARJ21-700 to Chengdu Air­lines. The first com­mer­cial flight took off from Chengdu Shuan­gliu Airport on June 28, 2016, land­ing in Shang­hai two hours later, one day after its com­mer­cial flight was ap­proved by the CAAC. Dif­fer­ent sources claim the ARJ21 closely re­sem­bles ei­ther the McDon­nel Dou­glas MD-80 or the MD-90 which were li­cence-pro­duced in China. Chi­nese fac­to­ries pro­duc­ing parts for the MD-90 went on to pro­duce the ARJ21 us­ing tool­ing re­tained after the end of the MD-80/MD-90 li­censed pro­duc­tion pro­gramme, how­ever, China claims that the ARJ21 is a com­pletely in­dige­nous de­sign.

The re­gional avi­a­tion mar­ket is abuzz with tur­bo­prop and jets and there is con­sid­er­able trac­tion for the emerg­ing play­ers as they see op­por­tu­nity in many mar­kets which are net­work­ing their do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions like never be­fore..


Bom­bardier Q400 of­fers the best of both worlds: able to ei­ther fly slower to min­imise fuel burn or faster to max­imise pro­duc­tiv­ity

The SSJ100 of­fers stan­dards of econ­omy, per­for­mance, en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fi­ciency and pas­sen­ger com­fort never be­fore seen in a 100-seat air­liner

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