Indonesia’s Lion Group, ATR’s largest customer, on 5 June celebrated the delivery of its 50th ATR 72-600 of the 100 aircraft ordered to date. The festively marked ATR 72-600 will enter service this month with Lion Group’s regional subsidiary company, Wings Air, which already operates a fleet of 40 ATR aircraft in Indonesia. The remaining 50 ATR 72-600s will be delivered between 2015 and 2019.
In November 2014, the Lion Group signed a Purchase Agreement with a value of US$ 1 Billion for an additional 40 ATR turboprops aircraft, bringing its firm order total to 100 ATRs. The aircraft will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years, both within the Group’s existing operators’ networks and to develop other opportunities for ATR operations throughout Asia.
The Asia-Pacific region is core market for ATR, accounting for 30 per cent of all orders recorded to date. There are some 350 ATR aircraft in service with over 50 operators across the region. Another 112 ATRs on order are with customers for future delivery. This represents nearly 45 per cent of the company’s total backlog, reflecting the importance of the region as the fastest growing market for new turboprop aircraft.
Featured image (top) : The festively marked ATR 72-600. (Image © ATR)