ATR collected firm orders for 80 new turboprops last year–exactly double the number it accumulated in 2009, the Franco-Italian company announced today during a press briefing in Paris. The manufacturer also reported revenues totaling $1.35 billion–almost three times the turnover it achieved in 2005.
Judging by figures released at a Paris press briefing on January 20, the waning resurgence of the commercial turboprop market has, if anything, resumed at a stronger pace than at any time since the segment began reclaiming lost ground from the regional jet market a half-decade ago, at least for Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR.
Russia’s UTAir plans to acquire as many as 24 Sukhoi Superjet 100-95s as replacements for its aged Tupolev Tu-134s, Sukhoi general director Mikhail Pogosyan confirmed during a late November press conference held at the airline’s headquarters in the western Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk. UTAir, Russia’s fourth largest airline, expects to take delivery of its first SSJ100 in 2013.
Thales is supplying the cockpit control display and onboard airport navigation systems for ATR’s new -600 series turboprops as part of an extensive package that also includes autopilot, navigation and communications equipment and the integrated modular avionics (IMA) system.
French-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer ATR earlier this month unveiled a new partnership with Italian design house Giugiaro Design for the development of the cabin of its ATR 42/72-600 series. The makeover, called Armonia, reduces the aircraft’s total weight by the equivalent of two passengers and will be available as a retrofit on the ATR’s current -500 series.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has launched an all-new turboprop engine for regional aircraft to replace the 1,800- to 5,000-shp PW100 series. It expects to run the core demonstrator in the second half of next year.
Most business aircraft users are trying to get away from airliners, so you might imagine that trying to market a model that has earned its reputation as a regional airline workhorse could be a hard sell–and even more so if the aircraft in question is turboprop-powered.
The sole ATR 42-600 prototype flew for the first time on March 4 from Toulouse, France, marking the start of an abbreviated flight-test campaign expected to last just 75 hours. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines, the aircraft took off at 3 p.m. local time and flew for two hours.
The sole ATR 42-600 prototype successfully completed its maiden flight today in Toulouse, France, the Franco-Italian manufacturer announced this afternoon. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines, the aircraft took off at 3 p.m. local time and flew for two hours, marking the start of a flight-test campaign expected to last some 75 hours.
Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer ATR logged record revenues of $1.4 billion and delivered 54 airplanes last year, the company announced during its annual press conference in Paris last month. The performance marked the second straight year the company delivered more than 50 airplanes. ATR registered firm orders for 40 new aircraft and options on another 17 last year, compared with 42 and 14, respectively, in 2008.