Posted on: 23 November 2015 by Mark Howells
ATR has announced the opening of a Representative Office at Tianzhu Airport in Beijing, enabling the OEM to further strengthen relationships with Chinese partners, potential customers and Chinese authorities.
The growing ATR team in Beijing – led by the company’s vice president of sales and chief representative in China, Wang Qi – will benefit from Airbus’ working platform and experience in the country to develop and consolidate its footprint.
“As China boosts short-distance regional air transport among small and medium-sized cities, fuel-efficient turboprops are being recognised as the perfect solution to China’s dispersed yet large population. With low running and maintenance costs, high usage rates and small-air?eld landing capability, the new generation ATRs are ideally suited to the Chinese short-haul flight market,” stated Tom Anderson, ATR’s SVP
commercial and customer support.
“We see many opportunities where the ATR aircraft can contribute to the development of regional operations and fill a need for optimised connectivity and frequency of service at very competitive cost,” Anderson added. “Opening ATR’s Beijing Office is a natural step forward in our efforts to build up partner relationships while enhancing our capabilities to meet the customer’s needs.”
China has been a strategic partner and supplier for ATR for nearly 20 years. Key airframe sections and some components of the wings of ATR aircraft are produced there by Xian Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of AVIC.