ATR has handed over the first 72-600 to IndiGo. The Indian low-cost carrier expects six more by March 2018.

Indian low-cost carrier ordered a total of 50 72-600 from ATR to participate in the government's Regional Connectivity Scheme.

India will be putting 100 new airports in service over the next three years. The country wants to connect remote cities via new routes and creates incentives that the airlines would like to take up.

IndiGo is an undisputed leader in India with a 38.2 percent passenger share. The company ordered a total of 50 72-600 from ATR to participate in the government's Regional Connectivity Scheme. IndiGo will put the first turboprop in service before the end of the year, said Aditya Ghosh, the Vice President at IndiGo.

Spicejet, the biggest competitor of IndiGo counts on its regional strategy on Bombardier's Q-400NG with 86 seats. Spicejet is already familiar with the turboprop from Canada. The order for the latest version of the Q-Series, for which Spicejet is a launch customer, includes 25 firm orders and 25 options.

After a dry spell over the past few years, ATR once again recorded an increase in its order book in 2017.