India’s Kingfisher Airlines has missed pre-delivery payments on 38 ATR turboprops, triggering an effective cancellation of the order, ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato reported last month during the company’s annual “state of the company” overview in Toulouse. Nevertheless, the development won’t affect ATR’s plans to progressively increase its production rate over the next three years while preparing to add a larger, 90-seat model to its product lineup.
Rheinland Air Services (RAS) has been approved by ATR to do repair and overhaul work on ATR flight control systems.
ATR opened a new pilot training center in Paris last month. Based near Charles de Gaulle International Airport, the center features a new ATR 72-500 full flight simulator (FFS) developed and manufactured by Thales. ATR has established the new center in partnership with SIM Aéro Training, which will house the simulator and all the other teaching tools put in place by ATR, in addition to providing technical support.
ATR last month reported a firm order tally for 80 new turboprops last year, double the number it accumulated in 2009, and collected revenues totaling $1.35 billion, almost three times the turnover it achieved in 2005. All told, the Franco-Italian manufacturer delivered 51 airplanes last year, compared with 54 in 2009 and 55 in 2008.