ATR celebrates record year

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ATR's assembly line
ATR’s assembly line

Aircraft manufacturer ATR is celebrating a record year.

The European turboprop-maker delivered 74 aircraft to customers during 2013 – the highest number ever registered in a single year, and 16% more than the 64 aircraft it delivered in 2012.

ATR also took orders for 195 new aircraft in 2013, boosting full-year revenues to US$1.63 billion – 13% higher than 2012.

And driving the company’s growth are emerging markets including Asia. ATR received new orders from Garuda Indonesia, Taiwan’s UNI Air and Air New Zealand in 2013, while delivering new aircraft to carriers including Lion Air, Malaysia Airlines, Lao Airlines and Air Tahiti.

Filippo Bagnato, CEO, of ATR said he was “very satisfied” with the performance.

“Once again, this year we continued to expand our presence worldwide and consolidate the attractiveness of our products and our services to some 190 operating companies,” Bagnato said.

“We will continue to improve our aircraft and to further expand our production capacity, and we are going to further develop the support offer we provide to operators.”

ATR now accounts for nearly 85% of sales of all aircraft with fewer than 90 seats in the regions of Latin America and Southeast Asia. And the company’s new ATR72-600s accounted for nearly half of all new aircraft with up to 90 seats delivered during 2013. To-date, more than 130 ATRs from the -600 series are already in operation.

As of 31 December 2013, ATR had a backlog of 221 aircraft, which represents nearly three years of production.
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