Industry ATR announces new orders during Dubai Air Show 2021

French aircraft manufacturer ATR has announced new orders for turboprop aircraft over the course of Dubai Air Show 2021.

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After the recent signing agreement with Spain´s Binter for five ATR 72-600s, ATR was able to announce new orders for its products during Dubai Air Show 2021. In total, four new operators purchased 53 aircraft.

Firstly, Romanian flag-carrier TAROM signed for a firm order for three ATR 72-600s to boost its fleet modernization program. In 2019, the carrier began to add more modern aircraft to its fleet. With the order, TAROM will also upgrade their capacities are the ATR 72-600s replace the smaller ATR 42-500 fleet.

In comparison, the ATR 72-600 is more fuel efficient and allows TAROM to operate with better operational performance and reduced costs. “When we began to modernize our fleet, it made perfect sense to choose the ATR and as this mission continues while the world looks to recover from the challenging backdrop of the global pandemic, airlines need to have the most efficient aircraft possible. We are sure that ATR is the right choice; now and for the future,“ said ATROM CEO Catalin Prunariu.

A day later, Air Corsica became the launch customer of ATR´s new PW127XT engine on the ATR 72-600. The European carrier signed firmly for five new aircraft that will add new capacitates and market possibilities. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November 2022. Air Corsica has been an ATR operator since the first minute and this latest order shows the strong connection between the manufacturer and the airline.

Stefano Bortoli, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We at ATR are very proud to have an historic customer like Air Corsica, with ongoing confidence in our aircraft to support its growth and modernisation strategy. In choosing ATR, Air Corsica has made a strategic decision that is both economical and responsible: it is the most cost-effective solution for operating regional routes, with the most environmentally friendly technology available on the market.”

Next up, ATR was able to confirm that Gabonese airline Afrijet purchased three new ATR 72-600 for operations in Central Africa. The carrier is modernizing its fleet as the new turboprops replace the older ATR 72-500s in the fleet. With the new aircraft, Afrijet will be operating four ATR 72-600s.

„We need these new ATR aircraft, as creating connectivity in the Gulf of Guinea is vital for the boom in trade and community integration in the CEMAC zone. As an operator in Equatorial Africa, home of the second largest forest in the world, we are proud to be preparing to invest in a device with a low carbon footprint and a controlled and predictable ecological impact,” explained Afrijet CEO, Mark Gaffajoli.

The last order for ATR during Dubai Air Show 2021 came from Japanese Start-Up Toki Air, which signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with ATR to operate ATR 42 aircraft in Japan. The carrier has eyed operations with the 42-600S (STOL = Short Take-Off and Landing) turboprop which allows operations in smaller airports with short runways.

How many aircraft have been ordered has not been disclosed by the involved parties. Deliveries however are set to begin in 2025. Until then, Toki Air will operate with two leased ATR 72-600 that will enter into service next year.

With the ATRs, Toki Air seeks to better the regional connectivity in Japan. Main operations will be performed in and out of Niigata Airport. The airline seeks to offer services to Sado Island, which is located just outside of the coast of Niigata. At Sado Island, the runway is very short with 890 meters, and this is where the ATR 42-600s comes into effect with its capabilities.

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