ATR has managed to improve the availability of its aircraft even more. On 25th February, the regional aircraft manufacturer announced that it had obtained EASA certification enabling it to space out the intervals between A-check maintenance inspections. These inspections, which are currently at 500 hours, now increase to 750 hours.
ATR estimates that airlines which operate twin-engined turboprop aircraft - as all series which are covered by this certification - will save one day's operation every 1 500 flying hours thanks to the elimination of every third inspection.
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