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A Fedex ATR-72 aircraft on the ground (Photo: Mcharters92 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

FedEx Agrees to Purchase 50 ATR 72-600Fs

On Wednesday, cargo airline FedEx Express announced that it has placed a firm order with French aircraft manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) for 30 ATR 72-600Fs, with options to purchase an additional 20. While the ATR 72-600F has not yet entered production, ATR plans to fit the aircraft with a large cargo door in the forward fuselage, which many ATR freighter aircraft already have, but also a cargo door in the rear to expedite the cargo loading process. It…