ATR looks for the good old days


Toulouse - With contracts announced before and during the Farnborough Airshow, ATR has sold only 20 turboprops since the beginning of the year.

There are still five months to go for the end of 2018, but it may be difficult for ATR to achieve the same number of sales as in 2017. Last year, ATR had sold 113 devices plus 40 options. Sales had been boosted by the orders from Indian carrier IndiGo for 50 ATR 72-600 and FedEx for 30 ATR 72-600 Freight version.

As of July 24, 2018, the European turboprop manufacturer has received only 20 firm orders since the beginning of this year. The ATR 72-600 continue to generate the most of sales: Bangkok Airways (four copies), Air Botswana (two copies), Alderney (three copies), EVA Air (two copies) and Colombian EasyFly (three copies).

However, the ATR 42-600 is still selling: Air Saint Pierre (one copy), Drukair (one copy), EasyFly (two copies) and another two copies for a new Japanese customer, Hokkaido Air System (HAC).

The Japanese regional carrier chose the ATR 42-600 to replace its aging Saab 340Bs.