Turboprop manufacturer ATR is hoping to certify a higher-density, 78-seat version of the ATR 72-600 by year-end and is poised to announce a launch customer on Tuesday. However, the 78-seat version—up from the present 74 seats—does not hit the 80-seat target originally mooted by ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac. “Last year, we said the target would be 80. It remains 80, but we are not completely at the target yet. We will certify the 78-seat version soon; it could go live by ...

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