ATR establishes Representative Office in Beijing
For nearly 20 years China has been a strategic partner and supplier for ATR. Key airframe sections and some components of the wings of ATR aircraft are produced by Xian Aircraft Company (XAC), a subsidiary of AVIC. The establishment of the Representative Office in Beijing enables ATR to further develop and strengthen dependable relationships with Chinese partners, potential customers and Chinese authorities.
The new ATR Office is located at the Tianzhu Airport. The growing ATR team in Beijing, led by VP Sales China & Chief Representative Wang Qi, will benefit from Airbus’ working platform and experience in China to develop and consolidate ATR’s footprint across the country.
“As China boosts short-distance regional air transport among small and medium-sized cities, fuel-efficient turboprops are being recognized as the perfect solution to China’s dispersed yet large population. With low running and maintenance costs, high usage rates and small-air?eld landing capability, the new generation ATRs are ideally suited to the Chinese short-haul flight market,” stated Tom Anderson, Senior Vice President Commercial and Customer Support for ATR.
He added: “We see many opportunities where the ATR aircraft can contribute to the development of regional operations and fill a need for optimized connectivity and frequency of service at very competitive cost. Opening ATR’s Beijing Office is a natural step forward in our efforts to build up partner relationships while enhancing our capabilities to meet the customer’s needs”.
ATR aircraft are a well proven, high-quality product, ideally suited for regional air routes in China. These turboprop aircraft with 50 and 70-seat layouts feature the most modern technology, unbeatable economics and the highest standards of passenger comfort in the regional aircraft segment.
In recent years, ATR has seen great success in Asia, where the ATR aircraft have become particularly popular. There are currently more than 350 ATR aircraft, including more than 100 ATR 72-600s, in operation in the Asia-Pacific region in the livery of 55 different airlines.
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. The unifying vision of the company’s 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 140 new routes every year on average, burn 45% less fuel and emit 45% 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.