The European regional aircraft manufacturer ATR announced an outstanding order intake of over 100 firm ATR aircraft in the first four months of 2014.
The ATR-600 series aircraft are leading the way among all regional aircraft. Since the beginning of the year, sales of new ATR -600s represent over 80% of total orders for regional aircraft below 90-seats announced so far. ATR's commercial results achieved in the first four months of the year already surpassed outcomes of the whole 2013 with firm orders for 89 ATR -600s. The outstanding commercial success highlights the attractiveness of the newest generation ATRs for the development and the expansion of regional aircraft fleets all over the world. It proves to be the preferred regional aircraft among airlines operating regional networks.
Up to date, ATR has already unveiled orders for the United Arab Emirates' leasing firm DAE (20 firm ATR 72-600s and 20 options) and 6 firm ATR 72-600s for the Canary Islands-based Binter Canarias, both announced at the Singapore Airshow early this year. Beyond these firm orders for 26 ATR 72-600s and 20 options already announced, ATR has booked 8 additional contracts for 81 firm aircraft plus 41 options. Most of these new orders will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
“This is already a very dynamic year in terms of sales and we expect our order intake to further grow very soon”, declares Filippo Bagnato, ATR's Chief Executive Officer. “Such outstanding results highlight the strong work which is done daily by every ATR employee.” He added: “Based on these positive results, our current backlog largely exceeds 300 aircraft”.
As of today, ATR has sold over 470 ATR '-600 series' aircraft, and some 150 are already operating worldwide in the liveries of 35 carriers.