European turboprop manufacturer ATR and the Danish leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) have signed an agreement for the sale of 90 ATR -600s, including 35 firm orders (30 ATR 72-600s and 5 ATR 42-600s). The contract, including options, amounts to more than US$ 2.1 billion.
NAC, which has signed several orders for new ATRs over the past three years, already has the largest fleet of ATRs in the world with more than 100 aircraft. With the progressive arrival of the 30 additional ATR 72-600s and 5 ATR 42-600s into its fleet, NAC’s ATR portfolio will exceed 150 aircraft by 2016.
Filippo Bagnato, CEO of ATR, said: “This is a landmark order for ATR and our new generation aircraft as well as for this dynamic leasing company. It is a validation of the desirability of our aircraft and recognition of their high residual value.”
In the past three years, nearly one in four ATRs were sold to leasing companies.