FedEx Express has placed an order with ATR for thirty ATR-72-600s, plus twenty options.
The aircraft will be the first ATRs built as dedicated freighters and will feature a windowless fuselage, forward large cargo door and rear upper hinged cargo door.
Commenting on the signing of the contract, David L. Cunningham, President and CEO of FedEx Express, declared: “ATR aircraft have been successfully operating in FedEx service for many years. We worked with ATR to develop this new aircraft, which include special features to help us grow our business, especially in the air freight market where shipments are larger and heavier. The 72-600F will play an important role in our global network by helping us deliver fast, economical service to small and medium sized markets.”