Turboprop manufacturer ATR doubled its order intake in 2011, selling 157 of its regional aircraft which comfortably eclipsed 2010's total of 80.

With its backlog now standing at 224, worth $5 billion, it is also well-ahead of Canadian rival Bombardier, where sales of the Q400 have been virtually non-existent and backlog stands at just 29 aircraft.

In 2011 the company took orders for 13 ATR 42s and 144 ATR 72s, giving the airframer an 80% market share. Order intake was 40% above its previous record year in 2007.

The company also holds options for a further 79 aircraft.

It delivered 54 units during the period, against 51 a year earlier, including its first ATR 72-600.

ATR recorded revenue of $1.3 billion in 2011.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news