ATR expects to complete discussions by the autumn over a restructuring in the wake of coronavirus pandemic that will result in around 200 job losses.

The Toulouse-based Airbus/Leonardo joint venture says it is to “rightsize its organisation in response to the Covid-19 crisis, consistent with the reduction of its activity in the coming years due to the phenomenal loss of commercial aviation activity in recent months”.

Cirium fleets data shows that ATR has delivered just 11 aircraft so far in 2020, compared with 59 during the whole of 2019.

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ATR deliveries have barely reached double figures so far this year

ATR says the restructuring is expected to affect 204 positions worldwide, including 186 in France. The company will “ensure that where possible the reduction in our workforce will be on a voluntary basis,” says ATR chief executive Stefano Bortoli.

“The information and consultation process with social partners has begun with a view to reaching agreements by autumn 2020,” says the airframer. “ATR has accepted that recovery, although faster in the segment of regional air traffic, will be slow.”