ATR plans further ramp-up as annual orders rise 20%

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ATR’s turnover increased 13% to $1.63 billion in 2013, and the Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer received 20% more orders than in 2012.

The Toulouse-based airframer gained 89 firm orders and 106 options last year, with the larger ATR 72-600 accounting for nearly 90% of the firm bookings.

By year-end the firm backlog reached 221 aircraft, which translates to nearly three years of production. ATR puts the backlog’s value at $5.3 billion.

At 74 deliveries – 67 ATR 72-600s and seven ATR 42-600s – the manufacturer’s output was up 16% on the previous year.

Production is to be further ramped up, says ATR.

Denmark-based lessor Nordic Aviation Capital was by far ATR’s largest customer in 2013, placing 51 firm orders and taking 80 options. No other named customer firmly ordered more than five aircraft.

ATR notes “growing interest” from leasing companies.

Last year was a record-breaker in revenue and delivery terms, the manufacturer adds.