ATR’s Paris Air Show 2023 Order Highlights
This week at the Paris Air Show, ATR received new aircraft orders from Mandarin Airlines, Berjaya Air, Azul and five undisclosed customers for both ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop aircraft.
On Tuesday (June 20, 2023) from the Paris Air Show, ATR provided an update on their order activity, which includes 22 new firm aircraft orders and two options. Mandarin Airlines has placed an order for six ATR 72-600s, Berjaya Air has ordered two ATR 72-600s in an all Business Class premium configuration, and Azul has ordered three ATR-72-600s, plus options for two more. Additionally, eight ATR 72-600s have been ordered by three undisclosed customers and three ATR 42-600s have been ordered by two undisclosed customers.
Commenting on the order activity, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, said,
“These new aircraft orders demonstrate clear recovery signs from South-East Asia, traditionally one of ATR’s largest markets. We are confident that, in due time, the efficiency of our product offering, the lack of second-hand aircraft available and traffic exceeding pre-covid levels in certain areas of the globe will induce a need for low-emission and versatile aircraft to support regional operators’ plans of both fleet replacement and growth.
“ATR’s purpose is to connect communities and businesses affordably and responsibly in the most complex operational environments. Already today, our aircraft emit 45% less CO2 than similar-size regional jets, and with our EVO concept, we want to cut emissions further down. Thanks also to government support, we are investing in technologies which will be used on our next generation aircraft, and we will get more results from the feasibility study by year-end.”
In a separate press release on Tuesday (June 20, 2023), ATR announced that Mandarin Airlines, the regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier, China Airlines, has placed a firm order for six ATR 72-600s for delivery from between 2023 through 2025. The additional aircraft will join Mandarin Airlines’ existing fleet of nine ATR 72-600s. With their main base at Taipei Songshan Airport, Mandarin Airlines operates a domestic network serving eight destinations, including the islands of Kinmen, Magong, and most recently Matsu, as well as regional destinations in Asia and China.
In Tuesday’s order announcement, Mandarin Airlines’ Chairman, Kao Shing-Hwang, said,
“Expanding our ATR fleet will enable us to add capacity on existing routes and create new services to continue stimulating the local economy and tourism across Taiwan with the lowest emission regional aircraft. The unbeatable fuel efficiency of the ATR 72-600, further reinforced by the new PW127XT engine certified for 50% SAF blend, along with its versatility and comfort, make it possible for us to offer our passengers comfortable, reliable, affordable and responsible air services.”
ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, added,
“Since they introduced ATRs in their fleet in 2017, Mandarin Airlines have been able to increase flight frequencies on existing routes, opening up new opportunities for their communities affordably and responsibly. The airline’s renewed confidence is the most gratifying testimony of the value that our aircraft bring to their operations and a great sign of rebound of the Asian market.”
In another press release on Tuesday (June 20, 2023), ATR announced that Malaysian carrier Berjaya Air has signed an order agreement for two ATR 72-600s with deliveries planned for 2025 and 2026. Both aircraft will feature an all Business Class configuration , which is part of ATR’s ‘HighLine’ premium collection of cabin interiors. They will have a spacious and comfortable 1-1 seating layout with individual outboard side stowage. The two new aircraft will allow Berjaya Air to rebrand as a premium carrier and expand their network to serve the Group’s many resorts and hotels from their base at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport.
In Tuesday’s announcement, Berjaya Air’s Owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, said,
“Berjaya’s vision is to offer passengers a unique VIP experience, with the highest level of comfort and operational efficiency, while also focusing on sustainability. Our ATR aircraft equipped with the ATR HighLine collection will help us make the most preserved destinations accessible to our guests with the most comfortable, responsible and future-minded aircraft on the market.”
Also commenting on the all-Business Class ATR 72-600 order, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, said,
“We fully share Berjaya Air’s vision that there should not be any compromises between passenger experience, accessibility and sustainability. Their premium positioning further proves the versatility of our aircraft, which uniquely enable operators to benefit from exceptional comfort, unrivalled airport accessibility and low emissions on regional routes.”
ATR is the world’s number one regional aircraft manufacturer and their ATR 42 and 72 aircraft are the best-selling aircraft in the under 90-seat market segment. 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. ATR is a joint venture between Airbus and Leonardo.