Saturday, February 07, 2015

ATR 72-500 / 600 and Virgin Australia

Since Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) commenced scheduled RPT services (and some FIFO flights) with the ATR 72-500 and 600 series aircraft, the European manufactured platform has become a daily sight in Central Queensland with flights connecting Brisbane with Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Moranbah and Rockhampton.
With power delivered by a pair of Pratt Whitney PW127M turboprops, the ATR 72-500 / 600 is capable of achieving a typical cruise speed of 276 knots (510 km/h, 317 mph), a service ceiling of 25000 ft (7600 m) and an approximate range with full payload of 1363 km.