ATR at the Africa Aerospace and Defence
ATR, world’s leading manufacturer for regional aircraft below 90 seats, is marking its solid and dynamic presence in Africa with its ATR 72-600 on display at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show at Waterkloof Air Force Base outside Pretoria.
The aircraft in question has been brought especially for the event. It is equipped with the most advanced technologies and features the new Armonia cabin, designed for ATR by the prestigious Italian designer Giugiaro. The ATR 72-600 is the best selling regional aircraft in the world and offers the lowest seat mile cost and CO2 emissions in the regional market.
Its presence is meant to showcase company’s determination to meet growing demand in one of the world’s most vibrant economies and its trust in the African regional aviation market potential.
ATR has substantially developed its presence in the Africa and Middle East region, increasing by 30% its fleet of aircraft as well as the number of its operators within the last three years. ATR counts today 35 operators in this region, operating more than 100 ATRs. Their feedback is very positive and this let us believe that this market will keep growing in the near future. Our investment there is the proof of our confidence in this market.
This also demonstrates how ATR is applying its regionalization vision to be close to its customers.
As evidence in support, the company has recently set up a new training center in Johannesburg, South Africa, thus marking a new stage in its global training policy. It emerges as a center of excellence for not just South Africa but worldwide offering access to world-class training technology and solutions to commercial aviation industry.
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 2019 the company had a turnover of US$1.6 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.