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ATR Has 28 New Orders, Leads In Turboprops (Jan. 24)



In 2001, the European consortium ATR (Avions de Transport Régional) registered a total of 48 orders (25 ATR 42s and 23 ATR 72s) with 21 operators.

ATR announces a total of 25 firm orders for new aircraft (5 ATR 42s and 20 ATR 72s) with 7 airlines. Out of this total, 8 orders were registered after September 11th.

In addition to the new aircraft sales, ATR achieved 23 second hand aircraft contracts (20 ATR 42s and 3 ATR 72s) including 10 cash sales ; ATR also secured 16 lease extensions which are not included in the overall results.

In terms of deliveries, ATR has delivered 20 aircraft in 2001 (5 ATR 42-500s and 15 ATR 72-500s) to 10 operators.

Since the beginning of the program, ATR has sold 662 aircraft (370 ATR 42s and 292 ATR 72s) and delivered 633 aircraft (364 ATR 42s and 269 ATR 72s).

Also in 2001, Operators and Investors confirmed ATR's number one position in the regional turboprop market in a yearly poll published by Airfinance Journal.

The poll also confirmed that "turboprops overall continue to be a popular alternative to regional jets from the carriers' viewpoint."


ATR consolidated its presence in Europe during 2001.

Italian long time customer Air Dolomiti recently ordered 3 new generation ATR 72-500 for its network development in collaboration with Lufthansa. A. Leali, President of Air Dolomiti stated : "In the turbulence of the present period, regional airlines have to react to the market even faster than before. This additional acquisition confirms the good health of Air Dolomiti, its steady growth and development which is in line with its new business plan as well as the excellent partnership between the manufacturer and the airline."

The Italian coast guard Capitaneria Di Porto has acquired an ATR 42 MP version. ATR's parent company Alenia Aerospazio is in charge of marketing this version on the market.

Air Exel (The Netherlands) increased its fleet with 2 ATR 42-320s

DAT (Denmark) has added 2 ATR 72-200s to their fleet.

Analysts (Airclaims, Teal group) agree that there remains a good potential for the turboprop in Europe. The average stage length in the point to point market never exceeds the 300 NM limit. On these routes the turboprop is 20% cheaper to operate than a jet. Also in the second hand market there is a good potential for the replacement of aging aircraft.


North America
Canadian FIRST AIR took 4 ATR 42s of which 2 were placed by ATR for their operations in the northern territories. "The ATR is a tremendously competitive product that will be an excellent addition to our fleet and is well suited to operating in an northern environment. Fast, quiet and significantly more fuel efficient, the ATR 42 will offer our customers an unparalleled travel experience.": said Bob DAVIS, President and CEO of FIRST AIR.
Furthermore ATR extended leases for 10 aircraft in the USA with long time customer American Eagle.

Although no new turboprops have been ordered in the US in 2001, airlines are very conscious of the turboprop role as the most economic solution on short haul routes. Especially after September 11th some operators have put into service their turboprops on routes where up till then a jet was operated. (e.g. ASA)


Asia / Asia-Pacific
During 2001 ATR has further increased its presence in the Asian market.

Vietnam Airlines took 3 new generation ATR 72-500 for their regional network as well as for some international destinations.

The Mumbai based airline Jet Airways added 3 more ATR 72-500s to their fleet bringing the total up to 8. These aircraft were leased through South African lessor Safair.

In the Asian market there are 357 aircraft in the 20 to 90 seater market for a total of 847 city pairs. Of this total 262 are turboprops. ATR represents 18% of this market.

In the South Pacific market Australia and New Zealand account for more than 80% of the regional traffic. Under 300 NM of stage length there is almost exclusive use of turboprop operations. A good potential remains in these markets.


Latin America
In 2001 ATR has placed 4 new and 9 second hand aircraft in the Latin American market.

Cuban operator Aerogaviota has increased its fleet with the acquisition of 4 new ATR 42-500s. (This contract was announced as undisclosed in October 2001).

On the second hand market West Caribbean (Colombia) has taken another ATR 42-320.

Aero Ecuador, a new ATR operator, has taken 2 ATR 42-300s.

Iacca (Venezuela) increased its fleet with 1 ATR 42-300. Another long time operator in Venezuela, Santa Barbara has taken 2 ATR 42-320s.TOTAL (Brazil) and LAER (Argentina) have respectively taken 1 ATR 42-300 and 2 ATR 42-300s.

The Latin American market continues to be mainly a second hand market with a good potential of replacement of aging fleets.


Africa/Middle East + Indian Ocean
Algerian airline Khalifa Airways has confirmed its rapid expansion with the order for 10 new ATR 72-500s. This order brings their ATR fleet up to 17 units in only 18 months.

South African Safair has acquired 3 new ATR 72-500s, which have been leased to the Indian airline Jet Airways.

Also in South Africa, Rossair has taken 2 ATR42-300s, which will be put into service on their European network. The first aircraft is already operating on the Rotterdam - Hamburg route.

Air Botswana has acquired 2 ATR 42-500.

New ATR operator AVirex (Gabon) has ordered 1 ATR 42-300.

Indian Ocean operator Air Mauritius acquired a new ATR 72-500 for its inter-island network in order to adapt the airline's offer to an increase in traffic demand.

There remains a big potential in Africa and in the Middle East seen the average aircraft age and the necessity of regional network development.


Cargo Market
In 2001 ATR continued its development on the cargo market. To date 26 ATRs (21 ATR 42s and 5 ATR 72s) are operated in a cargo configuration worldwide.

A market forecast of the small freighter's shows an average growth rate of 6.4% worldwide. The current turboprop freighter fleet is of 1287 aircraft of which approximately 400 to 450 aircraft have to be replaced. ATR foresees a market for its cargo version of 10 to 15 aircraft per year.

The certification of the large cargo door program, which was launched with integrator Aeronavali, is scheduled for the summer of 2002.

In Europe Farnair (Switzerland) has placed a follow up order for one ATR 72-200 in a full freighter version.

In the Middle East Falcon Air selected the ATR for its Fedex operations in the Gulf. The aircraft, a full freighter is leased from Farnair Europe.


Highlights 2001

2001 is also the year of Integration of the ATR program. ATR's parent companies Finmeccanica/Alenia, Aerospace and EADS decided to reinforce their partnership on the regional market by integrating their industrial ATR activities into the existing ATR structure.

With the integration ATR is fully in charge of Final Assembly, Engineering, Purchasing, Certification, Sales, Marketing and Customer Services of the ATR family of aircraft. With these additional industrial and technological capabilities, ATR extends its operational autonomy and is closer to its customers.

The benefits of the integration results in a decrease of 20% of the structural costs of the ATR program. It allows ATR to increase its profitability, break even of the program is estimated to be below 18 aircraft per year.

During the Paris Air Show ATR signed a cooperation agreement with Embraer for the creation of Aerochain, a new e-marketplace which will allow both of them to further enhance their range of support services covering all areas of airline operations (training, spares, technical publications and maintenance planning). In a first step towards the launch of Aerochain ATR has opened up its customer support web site in an initial testing phase with 7 airlines.

For the third consecutive year, ATR was ranked number one amongst turboprops by Investors and Operators in a yearly poll published by Airfinance Journal.

Market studies have shown that 80% of the regional routes operated in 2001 are below 300nm. It is a proven fact that turboprops are 20% cheaper to operate on this type of routes than regional jets.

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ATR Increases Sales In 2001 And dominates The Turboprop Market