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UR-UTE Aérospatiale/Alenia ATR-42-320 c/n 057 - UTAir-Ukraine - Mönchengladbach Airport in Germany - 25 July 2016 UR-CGU Antonov An-12BK

The Avions de Transport Regional ATR-42-320 is a high wing twin-turboprop commuter airliner for up to 46 passengers and 4 crewmembers. The ATR42-320 is equipped with two 2100 hp Pratt and Whitney PW121 engines. The Avions de Transport Regional, a joint venture company between Aerospatiale and Aeritalia, with headquarters in Toulouse, officially launched the ATR-42 project on 4 November 1981. The ATR-42 project is a result of merging two separate aircraft concepts: the AS35 from Aérospatiale (now part of EADS) and the AIT 230 from Aeritalia (now Alenia Aeronautica). The two companies had been working on their respective aircraft concepts since 1978. Both concepts, the AS35 and the AIT 230 were started as a short-range 35-seat turboprop airliner. In July 1980 was decided to merge the efforts and a marketing study resulted in February 1981 in starting the development of a 42-50 seat airliner, the ATR-42. The first of two ATR-42 prototypes, F-WEGA c/n 1001, flew for the first time on 16 August 1984. After the certification was granted on 24 September 1985, deliveries of the ATR-42-200 started in December 1985. The ATR-42 evolved and on 16 August 1984, the ATR-42-300 with greater payload range and a higher takeoff weight than the ATR-42-200 was flown first. The ATR-42-300 became the standard production version until 1996. The ATR 72, a stretched version of the ATR 42, first flew in 1988. The ATR twin turboprop passenger aircraft line consists of the ATR 42 and ATR 72, of which the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 are the models currently in production. ATR has built over 436 ATR-42 aircraft.

On 25 July 2016, the 1987-built UTair- Ukraine' Avions de Transport Regional ATR-42-320 UR-UTE was seen stored at Mönchengladbach Airport in Germany. On 17 June 1987, ATR.42-320 s/n 057 flew first at Toulouse as F-WWEL. On 15 July 1987, the airliner was delivered to ATI in Italy as I-ATRJ. On 24 March 1990, the I-ATRJ was delivered to Avianova and on 1 November 1996, the aircraft started operating with Alitalia Express. On 1 October 2001, the aircraft was withdrawn from use and stored. On 1 August 2002, the I-ATRJ should be transferred to Air Industria, but this did not happen and the aircraft returned in service with Alitalia Express. In May 2006, ATR-42-320 I-ATRJ was withdrawn from use and stored again. On 1 April 2007, the aircraft was delivered as VP-BCG to UTair Aviation in the Ukraine. On 28 June 2011, the ATR-42-320 was transferred to UTair - Ukraine as UR-UTE. In May 2014, the ATR-42-320 UR-UTE arrived at Flugplatz Mönchengladbach in Germany and is stored at MGL since.

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