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ATR enters into a partnership with AviAssist in Africa


ATR continues to strengthen flight safety awareness with the reference safety organisation in Africa
 
Toulouse, 27 February 2019 - ATR signed a partnership agreement with AviAssist, the independent non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting African aviation safety. Through this partnership, ATR continues to strengthen flight safety awareness and accident prevention actions. Since 2015, ATR has participated in the annual Safety in African Aviation Conferences (SiAAC) organised by AviAssist. ATR is also a member of the Conference Committee.

Commenting on the signature of this partnership agreement, Tom Kok, Director of AviAssist declared: “We are thrilled to include the expertise, safety dedication and funding of ATR to our work in Africa and our ASPCs (AviAssist Safety Promotion Centres). This partnership demonstrates ATR’s leadership in flight safety. ATR aircraft play a crucial role in the development of new routes across the globe and in Africa. In turn, route development is promoted by the African Union with its Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative. SAATM aims to open up Africa's skies and improve intra-African air connectivity. This partnership enables us to empower ever more safety champions throughout Africa to support SAATM.”

Christopher McGregor ATR Flight Safety Officer said at the signing: “As the leader in the regional aviation market, it is essential for ATR to share its expertise to improve flight safety in the regions we serve. ATR recognises the success of AviAssist in driving safety improvement. We look forward to further strengthening the existing co-operation through training and dedicated safety promotion activities for regional operations. We thank AviAssist for putting their trust in ATR.”

More than 120 ATR aircraft are operated in 22 African countries by 30 airlines. According to our market forecast, the number of turboprops in Africa is expected to exceed 350 within the next twenty years. 

About ATR:

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. In 2018 the company had a turnover of US$1.8 billion. The unifying vision of the company’s 1,400 employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more than 100 new routes every year, burn up to 40% less fuel and emit up to 40% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world.
 
ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo. For more information, please visit http://www.atr-aircraft.com and www.atr-intolife.com.

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