**Toulouse - The turboprops of the Franco-Italian manufacturer need less maintenance from now on. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) extends A-check intervals for ATR planes. **
EASA has extended the A-Check intervals of the ATR 42 and ATR 72 family turboprops from 500 to 750 flight hours.
The new regulation will cut costs and allow ATR operators to fly an extra day with their turboprops every 1,500 hours.
ATR delivered 76 aircraft and accumulated 52 new orders in 2018. No new orders to date since the beginning of 2019.
This certification reflects the robust maintenance policies and procedures that we have worked to put in place. The next step is now to target an escalation of the C-checks to provide even more value, said Tom Anderson, Senior vice-president programs and customer services in ATR.
Lufthansa CityLine ATR 42-300
A-checks are performed approximately every 400-600 flight hours or 200–300 takeoff and landing. The checks are usually carried out on the ground in a hangar for a minimum of 10 hours. Some checks may be delayed by the airline if previously determined conditions are met.