Practical Air Transport The ATR 42 500. An upgraded version of the ATR 42-400, this powerful aircraft has multiple updates to improve not only the experience for the passengers, but also for the pilots. It’s great for passengers who struggle with loud noises thanks to the improved noise insulation.

ATR Aircraft
1994 to: Present
US$12.1 million
Dual Honeywell HT1000 FMS
2x 2 X Pratt & Whitney PW127E
2,400 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
300 knots
556 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
104 knots
Travel range:
716 Nautical Miles
1,326 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
2.54 nautical mile / gallon
1.243 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
25,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1851 feet / minute
9.40metre / second
Take Off Distance:
1165 metre - 3,822.13 feet
Landing Distance:
964 metre - 3,162.69 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
18,600 Kg
41,006 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
18,300 Kg
40,344 lbs
Max Payload:
5,450 Kg
12,015 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,480 gallon
5,602 litre
Baggage Volume:
10.8 m3 / 381 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
48 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.9 metre - 6.23 feet
Cabin Width:
2.57 metre - 8.43 feet
Cabin Length:
9.5 metre - 31.17 feet
Exterior Length:
22.67 metre - 74.38 feet
Tail height:
7.59 metre - 24.90 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
2.7 metre - 8.86 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
24.57 metre - 80.61 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

This impressive and upgraded aircraft was designed to be powerful, faster, able to hold more weight, and incredibly comfortable for passengers. It was first delivered in late 1995 and since then has managed to hold its own in a fast-growing aircraft sector. 


This upgraded version of the traditional ATR aircraft was carefully designed to ensure that it would meet demands for improved passenger comfort, as well as performance in the air.

The newly designed cabin is one feature that really sets this plane apart from others on the market today and makes it a great option for flights of all lengths. 

There is also a version of the ATR 42-500 that was designed for VIP transport, as well as some versions that are for in-flight inspection. 

Orders and Deliveries

The first ATR 42-500 was delivered in late 1995. 

This popular aircraft is loved by many different airlines around the world. Some of the airlines that operate the larger numbers of this aircraft include First Air, Easyfly, Tarom, Sky Express, and Nordstar Airlines. 


One feature of the design of the ATR 42-500 that makes it really stand out from other similar planes is that it has been acoustically treated with advanced technology. This means that the structure of the plane, as well as additional installation of Dynamic Vibration Absorbers, prevents the plane from being too noisy for passengers and the crew. 

Propellers on the ATR 42-500 are controlled electronically. They are designed from composite and were created to allow for fast and easy lift off without adding a lot of weight or noise to the plane. Additionally, they have six blades and are made by Hamilton Standard. With a large diameter of 3.93 m, these 568F propellers are durable, as well as powerful. 

Flight Deck

The improved flight deck was designed to ensure that pilots can easily control the plane. Advanced electronics and other equipment make it easy to monitor the plane and prevent errors or accidents. 


The cabin of the ATR 42-500 is very advanced and was designed to ensure passenger comfort when in the air. It features advanced absorbent carpets and panels that are designed to help prevent too much noise in the plane. Additionally, there is more volume in the overhead bins, which means that passengers can easily stash their items.

The longer bin design makes it possible for passengers to store items that are up to 2 m long without frustration. This upgraded version features space for 48 passengers sitting four in a row with a middle aisle for easy passage. 


This aircraft has two PW127 engines. They provide all of the performance that the aircraft needs without problems. Even if there are high and hot conditions, this plane can easily operate on just one of the engines.

This is important for combating any problems that may occur in the air and ensuring that a compromised plane can be landed safely. 

These engines have received a flat rating of +45C. 


This powerful plane requires a landing strip of 1165 m for take off, but just 964 m for landing. It has a take-off speed of 112 KCAS. The ATR 42-500 has a maximum cruise speed of 556 km/h and it is able to reach it quickly thanks to the rate of climb of 1851 ft/minute and the optimum climb speed of 160 KCAS. 

With a maximum take-off weight of just 18,600 kg, it’s easy to see that this is a slightly smaller option than other aircraft. It has a range of 716 Nm. Thanks to improvements in the engines and throughout the entire plane, all of the emissions are below standards, making this a great plane for use without causing tons of pollution. 

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Landing Gear

The ATR 42-500 has the typical retractable tricycle type landing gear that is so common on this type of plane.


There are not many competitors for this powerful aircraft. One is the Q400 NG, which boasts a slightly faster cruise speed and longer range, putting it in a slightly different class than the ATR 42-500.

This plane has also typically been in competition with the Bombardier Q200 and Q300 in the past. 

Operating Cost

The average operating cost per block hour can vary widely depending on how much the plane is used during a given year. If the ATR 42-500 is only flow for around 100 hours a year, then the operating costs will be higher, around $6669 per block hour. Flying the plan for 1000 hours a year drops the average hourly cost closer to $2824.

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