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New FedEx feeder freighter passes first test flight

from American Shipper

ATR moved a step closer this month to fulfilling an order from FedEx Express for its new turboprop freighter, which will operate on regional routes to smaller towns and cities. The aircraft manufacturer, a joint venture between Airbus and Leonardo based in Toulouse, France, said the ATR 72-600 production freighter successfully completed its first test flight on the island of Saint-Martin. During the two-hour flight, the crew performed tests to measure the aircraft's operational limits with regard to speed and load factors, and other performance characteristics. more

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