ATR-Results 2008_20090123ATR registers record turnover in 2008
In 2008, ATR continued its strong growth, reporting a turnover of 1,3 billion US-Dollars and order for 42 new regional turboprops.
ATR delivered 55 new aircraft in 2008, versus 44 in 2007 and 24 in 2006, thus representing a growth of some 130% in two years. ATR booked orders for 42 new aircraft and options for 14 aircraft in 2008. 23 of these orders have been booked with carriers in the Asia Pacific region, thus confirming the importance of this zone in the success of ATR since the recovery of the turboprop market. In addition to this, ATR added 5 new customers in 2008, representing almost 40% of the total orders of the year. ATR finished 2008 with a backlog of 169 aircraft, which represents over two and a half years of production. Among the backlog, there is a total of 39 ATR -600 series aircraft, thus showing the confidence the customers placed in this new version.
In terms of deliveries, ATR plans to deliver more than 60 new aircraft during 2009. In order to cope with the current financial situation, ATR will strengthen its activities to assist its clients in order to source the optimal financial arrangements on the market for their aircraft deliveries. For 2009, ATR targets a turnover of over US $ 1.4 billion.
In 2009, ATR will continue the development of the ATR -600 series. The ATR pre-series aircraft will do its maiden flight this year. The entry into service of the first ATR -600 series aircraft is scheduled for 2011.