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Air Tahiti Orders Five New ATRs (May 25)

TOULOUSE, France --- ATR (Avions de Transport Régional) and Air Tahiti announced today an order for five –500 series ATR aircraft. This contract, which involves one ATR 42-500 and four ATR 72-500s (+ 2 options), will allow the French Polynesian Airline to renew and increase its existing fleet in order to extend its inter-island network.

Air Tahiti, a long-standing ATR operator (since 1986), currently operates 9 newgeneration ATR aircraft.

“With this order, we will be able to maintain our fleet up to date with the latest standards of comfort and performance and satisfy our increasing number of customers” Christian Vernaudon, President of Air Tahiti, declared.

The 5 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered between November 2004 and December 2008.

Jean-Michel Léonard, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, is “proud of this new proof of confidence by Air Tahiti, who has become a reference amongst our customers with its fleet based on ATRs. These aircraft are a key-element for the development of Air Tahiti’s network, since they are well adapted to “ island hopping”.

With an average annual traffic of 720,000 passengers, Air Tahiti is the first domestic airline of French Polynesia. Its network covers all of Polynesia. Tourism, which represents 30% of passengers, provides growth prospects in the islands, in relation with the growing hotel capacity.

ATR has sold 687 aircraft (381 ATR 42 and 306 ATR 72) since the beginning of the program and posts a total of 11 orders from 1st January 2004 onwards.

Toulouse-based ATR is the world leader in the 50 to 70-seat turboprop market. ATR is an equal partnership between Alenia Aeronautica and EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company).

Air Tahiti Orders 5 New-Generation ATR Aircraft