Turboprop manufacturer ATR last week celebrated its 1,500th aircraft delivery, an ATR 72-600 delivered to Japan Air Commuter at the end of October.
This represents the latest in a year of milestones for the regional aircraft manufacturer, after the delivery of the 1,000th ATR 72 in July and the 500th ATR -600 series in August.
ATR Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Bortoli, said: “This is a momentous occasion for ATR and a moment of pride for all of our colleagues, past and present, who have contributed to the evolution and success of this fantastic aircraft.
“We thank all of our suppliers, clients and operators for accompanying us on this journey and we look forward to continuing to take this wonderful programme further into the future, connecting more people all over the world. ATR is the benchmark in regional aviation and we have the ambition to further develop our contribution to and position in this market.”
The company claims that since 2010, 75% of turboprop sales have been ATRs and the company currently has the largest market share of all regional aircraft.
Nearly 500 50-seat ATR 42s and over 1,000 72-seat ATR 72s have been delivered to more than 200 operators in 100 countries.
The company’s first aircraft programme, the ATR 42, was launched with the first delivery to French regional operator Air Littoral. ATR subsequently launched a larger version of the aircraft, the ATR 72, which was first delivered to Finnair. Since their respective launches, the ATR 42 and 72 have evolved. The latest and most modern version of the aircraft, the -600 series, was launched in 2009, with the first delivery to Royal Air Maroc in 2011.