Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ATR makes record $1.3b. from turboprops

PARIS: French aircraft manufacturer ATR had a record US$1.3 billion turnover last year following the company's strong growth since the recovery of the turboprop market in 2005. It represents an increase of about 140% in the past three years. 

Despite the global economy, ATY has doubled aircraft deliveries in two years while keeping one of its highest historical backlogs, says CEO St├ęphane Mayer.

“We have intensified our worldwide expansion with the aim of being closer to our operators, to support them and to provide them a high-quality service,” says Mayer. 

ATR-72-600

“We are proud of having achieved also a major milestone by powering on and starting the ground tests of the ATR -600 series, the most advanced regional turboprop aircraft under development”. 
Mayer says the demand for turboprops is for the long term. 

Based in Toulouse in southern France, ATR booked orders for 42 new aircraft and options for 14 last year. Of these, 23 orders were for carriers in the Asia Pacific. There were also five new customers, representing almost 40% of the total orders for the year.

ATR finished the year with a backlog of 169 aircraft, which represents more than two and a half years of production. The backlog includes 39 ATR-600 series aircraft.

During the year, a new ATR training simulator was installed in Kuala Lumpur and the manufacturer signed a Global Maintenance Agreement covering the fleet of both Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiaries MASwings and Firefly.

To face the challenges of its increased activity, ATR boosted its workforce last year by 860 employees (during the past two years its staff has grown by nearly a third). 

About 140 aviation companies in 80 countries use ATR aircraft.

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