European turboprop manufacturer ATR booked 80 orders for new aircraft in 2010, plus options for 33, and turnover of US$1.35 billion, leaving it well placed on the path to its goal of achieving yearly deliveries of around 70 aircraft and annual turnover of US$1.8 billion from 2012.
CEO Filippo Bagnato said he was “delighted” by the resurgence of interest in ATR aircraft during 2010, and that the Franco-Italian manufacturer hoped to expand its reach further into global markets. “We registered significant orders from new customers in Latin America and the Caribbean region, as well as strong signs of confidence of lessors Air Lease Corporation, thus increasing our worldwide presence. We have now a strong baseline in order to prepare ATR for our next important step,” he said.
“There is an estimated demand of almost 3000 turboprop aircraft in the next 20 years, comprising 60 per cent of growth and 40 per cent of replacement needs. Our goal is to confirm our leading position in the turboprop market with over 50 per cent of marketshare,” Bagnato said.
For 2011 ATR is on track to gain certification for both ATR 600 series models. Deliveries of the first ATR 72-600 will start by mid-2011, while deliveries of ATR 42-600s will start by year’s end.