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Paris show best ever for ATR

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 21, 2013
Demand for the -600 series ATRs continues to be strong, as proved at Paris. (ATR)

ATR has called this year’s Paris airshow the best in the company’s history. Over the course of the week, the turboprop aircraft manufacturer announced orders for 173 planes, including 83 firm orders. The total value for these contracts exceeded US$4.1 billion.

The success sets a new record for ATR’s order book, which now carries more than 270 firm aircraft orders and ensures production through to the end of 2016.

The landmark order from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for 91 ATR 72-600s (of which 36 are firm) confirms the great attractiveness of ATR to leasing companies, ATR said. Alongside the NAC aircraft orders, are the five ATR 72-600 aircraft ordered by Air Lease Corporation. Over the last three years, ATR has seen nearly 110 firm orders from lessors.

Latin America was also a significant client for ATR. Twenty ATR 72- 600s (including 10 firm aircraft orders) from HGI Aircraft Division for the Brazilian airline Passaredo Linhas Aéreas confirmed the popularity of ATRs in Brazil, where the manufacturer has recorded firm orders for 59 aircraft in the last three years. More than 200 ATRs will be in operation in Latin America within the next two years, which is why ATR and Avianca have also announced their partnership in opening a new training center for pilots in Colombia. This center will be available to the 30 ATR operators in Latin America.

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