Regional aircraft maker ATR is targeting up to 20 sales of its 50-70 seat turboprop family this year, says John Moore, senior vice-president commercial. "Business is definitely improving," he says, after a difficult 2003 when the company only delivered nine aircraft and gained 10 new orders.

So far this year it has already sold six ATR-72s to Spain's Binter Canarias and Air Tahiti added to its fleet of ATRs with orders for an ATR-42 and four ATR-72s. It is possible another customer will sign up in time to be announced here at the show.

ATR, which had won 687 orders for the aircraft by the end of June, has a backlog of 20 aircraft. Its objective is to deliver 15-20 aircraft per year and this should be achieved in 2004, says Moore.

Source: Flight Daily News