ATR recently received a type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its ATR 42-600 turboprop paving its way for re-entry into service in the Chinese market. ATR was in discussion with the CAAC for many years, trying to return to China. With this approval, ATR believes it could provide an ideal solution to China’s problem of inadequate regional aircraft. According to ATR, there is a significant gap in the Chinese air travel market as only 2.5% of the aircraft operating domestic flights are regional aircraft with fewer than 100 seats. CEO of ATR, Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, said:

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