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ATR Announces 29 Aircraft Orders for 2021 and the Launch of a New Engine Series at Dubai Airshow
ATR reaffirmed their leadership position in the regional aviation market by winning 29 aircraft orders in 2021 and announcing a new engine series with Pratt & Whitney Canada. At the Dubai Airshow, ATR received new orders from Binter, Tarom, Air Corsica and Afrijet.
On Thursday (November 18, 2021), ATR announced that they have received a total of 29 new aircraft orders in 2021, including orders at the 2021 Dubai Airshow, reaffirming their leadership position in the regional aviation market. The company received new orders from Binter, Tarom, Air Corsica and Afrijet, and further announced that Tokin Air would become the first Japanese airline to operate ATR42-600S. Additionally, ATR jointly announced with Pratt & Whitney Canada the launch of the new PW127XT engine series. Air Corsica will be the launch customer for the new engine, which offers a 20 percent reduction in maintenance costs and a three percent fuel burn reduction.
In Thursday’s announcement, ATR’s Senior Vice President – Commercial, Fabrice Vautier, said,
“This year’s show has been very much focused on the future of aviation, with sustainability as a goal. Turboprops are already an essential tool to reach the industry’s net zero-carbon emissions target, whilst bringing further opportunities to connect people and businesses. I am pleased to witness concrete signs of recovery from the market with our order announcements and the conversations we have had during the show. The future trends lead towards more sustainable regional mobility and the ATR family of aircraft is perfectly placed to serve this demand, today and tomorrow.”
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, ATR has reached major milestones including 1,800 aircraft orders and 1,600 deliveries. During 2021, the company delivered 16 aircraft, and expects to deliver triple the number of deliveries compared to 2020 by the end of the year. ATR sees strong potential for growth in regional aviation, including a replacement wave of over 900 turboprops in the 30-50 seat categories. The company’s turboprop aircraft represent the optimal and most sustainable choice for regional deployment at the lowest operating costs, and offer the ability to serve isolated communities living near challenging airfields. Over the last decade, ATR has held 75 percent of the turboprop market and 36 percent of the overall regional aircraft market.
Tarom, Air Corsica, Afrijet and Binter Order ATR 72-600s at Dubai Airshow - Courtesy ATR