ATR to increase annual production to 70 aircraft from 2012

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ATR is intending to ramp up production to 70 aircraft per year from 2012, compared with around 50 at present.

While the backlog of the airframer is only around twice this figure, at 159 aircraft, chief executive Filippo Bagnato is unconcerned.

He says he takes "comfort" from ATR's order share against Bombardier - which it puts at 65% for 2010.

ATR is aiming to secure orders for 75-80 aircraft over the course of this year.

Bagnato says he would prefer to be "a little bit prudent" on the forecast for 2011.

He says the intention is to maintain the achievement of 2010, when the airframer obtained orders for 80 aircraft across 12 customers.

ATR expects this year's 50 or so deliveries to include 11 of its new -600s.

It plans to obtain certification of the ATR 72-600 during April-May and the ATR 42-600 in September-October.

But Bagnato says that ATR will continue to produce the -500 series in 2012, because the airframer "has to take into consideration the requirements of some customers".