Posted on: 20 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
ATR’s CEO Filippo Bagnato has confirmed the taster he gave just before the show that the company’s sales total from the beginning of the year to the end of that year’s Farnborough or Paris events would be the best ever.
The total has now reached 78 firm orders by end of the show, with some whose customer airlines have yet to be revealed. In total, those customers have purchased 32 aircraft in four deals encompassing 10 72-600s, 10 72-600s, nine 72-600s (with 12 options) and three ATR 42-500s. Backlog is now 223 worth $5 billion.
Bagnato said the company has also seen a growing interest among lessors for new ATRs, as witnessed by Monday’s deal with GECAS following the Air Lease Corporation deal last year. “Lessors now have a combined fleet of 150 ATRs, double what it was three years ago,” he emphasised.
ATR has now received 1,152 firm orders for the programme now, with 929 delivered.
Bagnato noted that the percentage of fuel cost in the accounts of airlines will move from 26% in 2010 to 30% in 2011. “Net profits for airlines are expected to be under 1% this year,” he commented. “That has led to 75% of all regional aircraft orders today being turboprops.”
“Also, we are producing the most clean aeroplane in the commercial world,” Bagnato declared. “And we’ve put much effort in being certified as a green company. On Thursday we will receive ISO 14001 and become the first green regional aircraft manufacturer for the lifecycle of its aeroplanes.”
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net