ATR delivers landmark 1,000th aircraft

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ATR achieved a landmark today (3 May) with the delivery of its 1,000th aircraft - an ATR 72-600 delivered to Spanish airline Air Nostrum.

The aircraft manufacturer has benefited from a recent recovery in the turboprop market. ATR has recorded almost half of all of its orders since 2005, and delivered nearly a third of its aircraft.

Chief executive Filippo Bagnato says: "The trend in regional aviation shows an increasingly pronounced predominance of turboprop technology in the 90-seat or less aircraft segment," adding that such aircraft are best suited to meet heightened environmental requirements.

ATR delivered its first aircraft, an ATR 42, to French airline Air Littoral on 3 December 1985.