Posted on: 05 June 2015 by Mark Howells
Lion Group, ATR's largest customer, has taken delivery of its 50th ATR 72-600 of the 100 aircraft ordered to date.
The 50th ATR 72-600 will enter service during June with Lion Group's regional subsidiary company, Wings Air, which already operates a fleet of 40 ATR aircraft in Indonesia. The remaining 50 ATR 72-600s will be delivered between 2015 and 2019.
Lion Group chairman Edward Sirait commented, "This is an important milestone for Wings and the Lion Group, as we pioneered the Indonesia remote provinces feeder market with our first ATR 72s only six years ago and now are looking at the 50th ATR 72-600 and soon 100th for Lion Group and Indonesia. The new-generation ATRs have been very successful for us, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest wherever we have deployed the aircraft.”
“We congratulate the Lion Group on this important milestone. We are convinced that the ATR will continue to substantially contribute to the company's strategy moving forward,” remarked ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac. “Today, more than 50 ATR 72s are in operation connecting communities and villages across Indonesia. We are glad that ATR turboprops contribute to the development of tourism in remote areas of Sumatra, Nusa Tenggara Timurand and Papua.”
In November 2014, the Lion Group signed a purchase agreement with a value of $1 billion for an additional 40 ATRs, bringing its firm order total to 100 ATRs. The aircraft will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years, both within the Group's existing operators' networks and to develop other opportunities for ATR operations throughout Asia.