ATR 72-500 is certified by the French airworthiness authorities (DGAC France).
ATR has a breakthrough in China with China Xinjiang Airlines and the Chinese CAAC authority placing five firm orders and five options ATR 72s.
July 31, 1997
The first ATR 72-500 is delivered to American Eagle (US).
First delivery of an ATR 72 to China Xinjiang Airlines from a firm order of five ATR 72-500s.
September 5, 1997
American Eagle takes delivery of the 500th ATR.
This milestone makes ATR the first European program in its market segment to reach the 500-delivery mark in only 12 years.
October 21, 1997
Eurowings (Germany) takes first delivery of five ATR 42-500s ordered by the German airline. With this order Eurowings becomes the largest ATR operator in Europe with a fleet of 27 ATRs.