ZHUHAI, CHINA — The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has provided validation of the type certificate for ATR 42-600. This milestone opens the opportunity for ATR to re-enter the Chinese market with a firm order from an undisclosed customer for three aircraft.

According to the Franco-Italian manufacturer, the ATR 42-600 is an ideal route opener for China and the most sustainable option for regional air travel in the vast country looking to grow essential connections profitably and responsibly.

“Receiving CAAC’s validation of the ATR 42-600 type certificate, along with a firm order, is a major achievement marking the re-introduction of ATR turboprops in China. The ATR 42-600 will undoubtedly prove to be a game-changer. ATR offers an eco-responsible alternative to jets while bringing comfort and convenience to passengers and essential air services for communities and businesses to thrive,” Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, said.

Regional aviation has a well-researched positive effect on a country’s economy and society: increasing regional flights by 10% generates a 5% rise in tourism, a 6% rise in regional GDP, and an 8% increase in foreign direct investment.

“By 2035, we anticipate that over 150 airports will be built in China, and turboprops will play a key role in creating a new network of short, thin routes, complementing the high-speed train offering. Our 20-year forecast predicts a need for 280 new turboprops in the region, and ATR is perfectly placed to meet this demand whilst also contributing to decreasing the reliance on public subsidies and delivering reduced CO2 emissions,” Fabrice Vautier, ATR’s Senior Vice-President Commercial, added.