The British Aerospace ATP is a turboprop airliner produced which was produced in Great Britain. It first flew on 6 August 1986 and entered service with British Midland in May 1988.
Designed as an evolution to the Hawker Siddeley HS 748, the aircraft seated 64 to 72 passengers. Intended for short range routes, this efficient aircraft sold only 64 examples.
British Aerospace ATP Video
Following on from last weeks video on the Tupolev Tu-104, this week there is a short two minute video about the ATP. What does ATP stand for? Advanced Turbo Prop of course!
The video was produced around 1990, as the aircraft is already in service. You get to see a couple of the operators such as British Airways and British Midland as well as some cabin shots.
In the USA, the ATP was operated by Air Wisconsin for United Express. Featuring good short field performance, the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW126 powered aircraft was also very quiet.
Today, there are 17 aircraft still in service as freighters in Sweden and Indonesia. The final aircraft was delivered in 1996 and passenger services ended earlier in 2018 with the bankruptcy of NextJet in Sweden.
With a small production run, the British Aerospace ATP was not a major success for its manufacturer. A crowded marketplace which included the de Havilland Canada Dash-8, ATR42 and ATR72 meant it did not make the inroads needed to sell more.
Airlines in the UK such as Manx Airlines, British Airways and British Midland successfully operated the aircraft. Other European carriers also used the aircraft, and they could be found as far afield as Indonesia.
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