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FARNBOROUGH 2010: ATR hits half year with 42 firm orders

ATR has sold 42 aircraft since 1 January, including 30 firm orders for which customers were revealed at the show by CEO Filippo Bagnato.

Syrian Airlines, Golden Air and Lao Airlines each ordered two ATR 72-500s each with the orders which were undisclosed at the start of the show being revelaed as 20 ATR 72-600s plus 20 options for Azul, and 10 ATR 72-600s and 10 options for Air Lease Corporation. The remaining six firm orders will remain undisclosed for the time being.

With 26 deliveries so far this year, the backlog has now increased to 152 aircraft. Production for 2010 is expected to reach 50-55 aircraft, with a similar amount being planned for delivery in 2011.

At his first airshow since returning as ATR’s CEO, Filippo Bagnato, remarked that that “although the crisis has been overcome, the game is not the same as the banking system is not the same as it was two years ago”.

Bagnato added that the fuel price and the growing demand for clean aeroplanes – in both emissions and noise – have increased the percentage of the forecast for turboprops. Ten years ago, forecasts for 2000-2019 estimated the share for turboprops over the period as 15% against 85% for regional jets. Current forecasts, however, foresee a split of 40% for turboprops versus 60% RJs.

With regards a new aircraft to eventually replace the current models, Bagnato emphasised that while the company is concentrating on certifying the new -600 Series, analysis with potential customers to understand their requirements is ongoing. “Clearly we are also discussing with engine manufacturers – P&W, GE and anyone else interested – the prospects of working with them,” Bagnato noted.

ATR took the opportunity at Farnborough to unveil the mock-up of its new Armonia interior for the ATR -600 Series created by renowned Italian design house Giugiaro. Featuring two seat types for economy – the Classic and the Prestige – and a business class seat, the cabin has been designed with larger bins, variable lighting and all-round improved attention to the passenger.

Joining Bagnato for the opening ceremony of the mock-up was the design house’s co-chairman and styling director Fabrizio Giugiaro (right in photo).

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
Farnborough, UK

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