French-Italian regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has recorded its highest annual turnover – US$1.44 billion – while delivering 64 aircraft during 2012. The deliveries were 18 per cent up on the previous year.
A total of 115 aircraft sales were achieved during the year comprising 74 firm orders and 41 options, confirming its leading position in the regional aircraft market, the manufacturer said. The company now has an order backlog of 221 aircraft.
ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato said he was “very proud of ATR’s results in 2012, of our ability to ramp-up production and of these new records, given the current global economic climate. Our production ramp-up in 2012 is a perfect illustration of the strong market demand for ATR aircraft.”
In this region during 2012 Air New Zealand accepted delivery of two ATR 72-600s and Virgin Australia (via Skywest) four ATR 72-600s. ATR has delivered a total of 1,033 aircraft worldwide.