FedEx Express buys up to 50 new ATR-72/600F airplanes
Toulouse, France - The new cargo version of the model will enter into service in 2020
(WAPA) - FedEx Express, a world’s express transportation company, and ATR have signed a major contract for the firm purchase of 30 ATR-72/600s plus 20 options. These aircraft will be the first new ATRs to be directly delivered from the factory in a freighter configuration. This new airplane version, designated as the -72/600F, has a brand new windowless fuselage and is equipped with a forward Large Cargo Door (LCD) and a rear upper hinged cargo door.
Deliveries of the planes to FedEx Express will begin in 2020. These new ATRs are also the first -72/600s that will operate in a cargo configuration, as well as being the first ones equipped with an LCD directly from the factory.
The model features a class E main cabin for cargo operations, and will support both bulk cargo and Unit Load Device (ULD) configurations. The -72/600F has a bulk capacity of 74.6 m3, and when in ULD mode, can accommodate up to seven LD3 containers, or five 88”x108”, or nine 88”x62” pallets. The aircraft is also equipped with new reinforced floor panels.