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ATR delivers a record 64 aircraft in 2012

posted Jan 24, 2013, 3:00 AM by Michael Adams
ATR achieved a 2012 record turnover of $1.44 billion, up 11% year-over-year. The turboprop manufacturer plans to deliver 80 aircraft in 2013—the largest number in its history, CEO Filippo Bagnato said Wednesday.
 
ATR made 115 sales in 2012, comprising 74 firm and 41 options, and had a close-to-record order backlog at year end of 221 aircraft, marginally down from 2011's figure of 224.
 
It delivered a record 64 aircraft in 2012.
 
Bagnato said he hopes to maintain the current backlog at around the same level by year end. That would require around 80 sales given the current ramp-up in production. He is planning for around 90 deliveries in 2014.
 
In June, the ATR 42-600 gained European certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.  In November the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 received approval from Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee to operate in Russia and the CIS. In July, Irish regional carrier Aer Arann ordered eight ATR 72-600s, which will be delivered from 2013. Earlier this month, Austrian regional carrier Intersky took delivery of its first of two 70-seat ATR 72-600s. The regional carrier is the first ATR operator in Austria. Last week, Caribbean carrier Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) ordered three ATR 42-600 turboprops as it begins a fleet renewal program.
 
Speaking at ATR’s annual press conference in Toulouse, Bagnato remained cautious in predicting whether the planned New Generation Turboprop (NGTP) would receive a go-ahead from shareholders EADS and Alenia Aermacchi this year.
 
The press conference featured the first official showing of the French-Italian manufacturer thoughts on the shape of the NGTP, a silhouette depicting a high-wing design with a T-tail, eight-bladed propellers and winglets, although this seems not to have changed from the first depiction produced by ATR around three years ago.
 
Bagnato said the new aircraft's design philosophy would revolve around simplicity, with no exotic technologies such as open rotor powerplants. Cruise speed would be “a little more than 300 knots,” but speed was not regarded as a critical factor by potential customers, he said.
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