Posted on: 27 November 2014 by Ross McSweeny
The Lion Group has become ATR’s largest ever customer, by announcing that it has increased its firm purchase order from 60 ATR 72-600 aircraft to 100.
“ATR 72-600 aircraft enable us to achieve a brilliant economic performance. They are very competitive, as they enable us to ensure a high frequency service,” explained Lion Group chairman, Rusdi Kirana. “With these new generation aeroplanes in our fleet, the Lion Group will continue to contribute to the economic development in Indonesia, Malaysia and Asia, including remote regions as well as tourist driven markets such as Bali, Java, Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sumatra.”
The Asia-Pacific region accounts for nearly 40% of the sales of the ATR-600 series. Today, more than 300 ATR aircraft are operated by Asia-Pacific carriers, while there are 100 more on order.
Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR’s CEO, added, “We also thank the strong financing support provided by SACE, Italy’s Credit Export Agency, which has considerably contributed to develop and consolidate such a fruitful partnership.”The new contract was signed at a special ceremony in Rome, witnessed by Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister.