PARIS: ATR gains orders for seven more -600s

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ATR has announced orders for seven of its -600 turboprops on the fourth day of the Paris air show.

These include five ATR 72-600s ordered by lessor Air Lease (ALC), which is to take delivery of the turboprops in 2014 and 2015. Caribbean airline Liat has meanwhile signed for two ATR 42-600s, one to be handed over this year and one next year.

In the course of the air show, the European turboprop manufacturer has also won orders from Danish lessor Nordic Aviation Capital - for 91 of its aircraft, 36 of which are firm - and an additional 20 ATR 72s from Brazilian carrier Passaredo.

These orders bring ATR's order backlog to 270 aircraft - worth $6.5 billion - and ensure ATR's production till end 2016.

The manufacturer's chief executive Filippo Bagnato would not disclose when the next available slot for his aircraft is, but he foresees a production rate of about 90 aircraft per annum for the next few years.