ATR: Regional bestseller of 2011 with 157 aircraft sold



ATR’s 2011 results attest to the structural changes in the regional transport market, making ATRs the new reference in this sector. ATRs represented more than 80% of regional airplane sales in 2011, confirming the domination of turboprop aircraft on regional routes. Their low fuel consumption, combined with comfort and advanced technology are the main reasons for ATR’s success, the first signs of which were felt in 2005.

The regional aircraft manufacturer ATR recorded its best commercial year in 2011, posting firm sales of 157 planes and options for an additional 79 aircraft. These 157 firm sales (13 ATR 42s and 144 ATR 72s) round out the manufacturer’s order book for a record high of 224 aircraft, ensuring 3 years of production, taking into account the production ramp up starting in 2012.

During a press conference held in Paris this morning, Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, said he was "very pleased with the outstanding commercial performance in 2011. Our success is based on our ability to answer to the market requirements. Airlines are increasingly looking for planes that combine the lowest operating costs, cutting-edge technology, comfort and environmental friendliness. In this context, ATRs and particularly our new series of aircraft, the  600, have proven to be the best choice for regional routes in terms of meeting these requirements in regional routes."

ATR recorded 157 firm orders and 79 options (table 1) with 18 clients worldwide, including 10 new customers. Existing clients have renewed their trust in ATR in order to develop their networks and meet the increase in local traffic. Among its new clients, the majority of ATR aircraft purchased in 2011 will be intended to replace an older fleet of first-generation regional jets or turboprops (non-ATR planes).

Leasing companies represented over 20% of ATR’s sales in 2011, which confirms that ATRs are increasingly attractive to aircraft lessors. Their low operating and maintenance costs, their high standard of comfort, thanks to the new "Armonia" cabin for the -600 series in particular, and a base of approximately 180 ATR operators in 90 countries make them major assets for aircraft leasing companies. ATR's success has really ramped up in recent years, with half of all orders (totaled over the past 30 years) being recorded since 2005.

Certification of the ATR 72-600 in May 2011, as well as of the associated training tools, enabled the European turboprop manufacturer to introduce new standards of comfort and leading-edge technologies into regional market. Since their entry into service last August, ATR 72-600s have made over 3,000 flights, posting an initial technical reliability of over 99.7%;

ATR delivered 54 aircraft in 2011 (table 2), including 10 ATR 72-600s.

At the end of 2011, the 224 planes on the order books totaled an estimated US$ 5 billion. As a result, ATR will substantially increase its delivery schedule in order to meet the strong demand for ATRs worldwide. ATR plans to deliver over 70 aircraft in 2012 and to increase its deliveries to a minimum of 80 units as of 2013. With the ramp-up of its delivery schedules, ATR should see its turnover, which currently stands at $1.3 billion, reach $2 billion in the near future.

Filippo Bagnato said: "We are currently experiencing a real reversal of the trend in the regional market. Jets with 90 seats or less are gradually losing their place. And he added: “Today, ATR holds 70% of the order book for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. This success was born of a continuous improvement policy, economic performance and the comfort of our airplanes. Today, this success has led to a remarkable change in the perception of our turboprop aircraft amongst regional airlines and their passengers.”

In 2011, ATR also obtained the expansion of the scope of its environmental certification ISO 14001, thus becoming the first regional aircraft manufacturer to be certified “environmental-friendly” over the entire lifecycle of its planes.

Moreover, the new design of the Armonia cabin for ATR -600s was recognized at the Good Design Awards in Chicago, a worldwide reference for design and technology. The jury recognized the cabin designed by Italian designer Giugiaro for its quality in terms of comfort, ergonomics, innovation and design.

ATR continued to develop its customer support network worldwide with the opening of new pilot training centers in Toronto and Paris. A new center will open in Johannesburg in the very near future. Within its support activities, in 2011 ATR completed the entry into service of the ASTRE program (ATR Spares Total Re-Engineering). This ambitious program has been designed in order to facilitate the development of new customer services and optimized management of the spare parts stock, offering increased responsiveness in terms of customer support. It is also effective in reducing the immobilization time of aircraft for maintenance, repair and overhaul. 

About ATR:

Founded in 1981, ATR has become the world leader on the market for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold approximately 1,200 aircraft to over 186 operators based in 90 countries. ATR planes have totaled over 21 million flight hours. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company) and EADS. Its head office is in Toulouse. ATR is ISO 14001 certified. This is the international reference standard in the field for environmental friendliness.

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TABLE 1: Firm Orders 2011 : 157 ATR (13 ATR 42 and 144 ATR 72)

COMPANY COUNTRY 42-500 42-600 72-500 72-600 OPTIONS
Lion Air  Indonesia     5 13  
GECAS United States       17 17
Skywest/Virgin Australia Australia     4 9 13
Nordic Aviation Capital  Denmark     2 10 10
AZUL Linhas Aéreas Brazil       10 10
UNI Air Taiwan       10  
TRIP Linhas Aéreas Brazil       9 12
Air New Zealand New Zealand       7 5
Precision Air Services Tanzania   4   1  
NordStar Airlines  Russia   5     2
TAME Ecuador 3        
Air Lease Corporation  United States       2  
Israir Israel     2    
Firefly Malaysia     2    
Borajet Turkey     1    
UNDISCLOSED     1   40 10
TOTAL FIRM ORDERS 3 10 16 128 79
  157 79


TABLE 2: 2011 Deliveries: 54 ATRs (6 ATR 42s and 48 ATR 72s)

COMPANY COUNTRY 42-500 72-500 72-600
Utair Russia   14  
Lion Air Indonesia   7  
Skywest/Virgin Australia Australia   4  
NordStar Airlines Russia 4    
Firefly Malaysia   3  
AZUL Linhas Aéreas Brazil     3
Finncomm Finland   3  
Israir Israel   2  
Nordic Aviation Capital Denmark   2  
TAME Ecuador 2    
Royal Air Maroc Morocco     2
Air Lease Corporation United States     2
Caribbean Airlines Trinidad and Tobago     2
Alenia Italy     1
Borajet Turkey   1  
Lonrho Ghana   1  
Cebu Pacific Philippines   1  



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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. 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 over 130 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.