With a deal for the purchase of 40 additional ATR 72-600s for about US$ 1 billion Indonesia’s Lion Group has become the biggest customer of ATR Aircraft, a 50/50-consortium of Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi and Airbus. The agreement, signed last month, has brought the total of numer of firm orders from the Lion’s Group to 100 aircraft, ATR Aircraft confirmed this week.
There are currently three subsidiary airlines in the Lion Group operating ATRs: Wings Air with a fleet of 32 ATR aircraft operating in Indonesia; Malindo Air with a fleet of 10 ATRs operating in Malaysia; and Thai Lion Air, so far with 1 ATR in operation in Thailand. The additional 40 ATR 72-600s will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years both within the Group’s existing operators’ networks and possible to develop flying to new destinations. Deliveries of the aircraft signed today will start in 2017 and run into 2019.
The Asia Pacific region accounts for nearly 40 percent of the sales of the ATR -600 series aircraft. Today, more than 300 ATR aircraft are operated by Asia-Pacific carriers, while there are some other 100 on order. Recently Bangkok Airways got its first ATR 72-600.
Source: ATR Aircraft