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Friday, June 22, 2007

ATR Logs New Customer, Sales at Paris

Asia, Africa and South America are the destinations for ATR aircraft in orders announced at Paris, as the company booked orders from Malaysia, Antilles, Brazil, and the Canary Islands and India.

Berjaya Air

Malaysian-based Berjaya Air, a new ATR customer, signed a $74 million agreement with ATR for four new ATR 72-500 aircraft to replace the company’s existing fleet of de Havilland Dash 7s. The order is expected to improve the airline’s financial performance with lower maintenance costs as well as increased capacity. Berjaya is also planning to expand its route network to other parts of Asia. ATR wants to build a long-term strategic partnership with Malaysia, given its significant potential for growth in the regional market. ATR sees a requirement for up to 100 ATR42/72-500 in the BIMP-EAGA markets (Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines) to mostly serve the rural areas and tourist destinations.
These four new ATR 72-500s will be delivered in 2009 and 2010 in a 72-seat configuration and equipped with the new “Elegance Cabin” and with the newest technological communication and navigation innovations
Berjaya Corporation is a public listed company at the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange with interests in real estate, mega malls and retail, urban transportation, insurance, besides tourist resorts and it's airline.

TOTAL Linhas Aereas
In a contract valued at over $160 million with options, Brazil-based TOTAL Linhas Aereas ordered five new ATR aircraft (three ATR 42-500s and two ATR 72-500s) plus options for five additional aircraft (three ATR 42-500s and two ATR 72-500s). The airline has been an ATR operator for many years, but this marks the first time the airline has signed for new ATR aircraft. The ATR 42-500s and ATR 72-500s will be delivered in a 48- and 68-seat configuration, respectively. The airline, a private company based in Belo Horizonte (state of Minas Gerais) currently operates seven ATR 42s and two ATR 72s plus four B 727 cargo aircraft. In 2006, TOTAL transported more than 400.000 passengers linking 23 cities.

Air Antilles
In a contract valued at $30 million, ATR and Pointe-à-Pitre-based Air Antilles Express signed a memorandum of understanding for two new ATR 42-500s. The two aircraft will replace two existing ATR 42s in order to standardize the fleet on the latest generation aircraft. Air Antilles Express is held by AIR GUYANE SP and was founded in 2003. It currently operates a fleet of two ATRs and a de Havilland Twin Otter between Point à Pitre - Fort de France, Pointe à Pitre - Saint Martin and Point à Pitre - Saint Barthélémy. In 2006, the airline transported more than 226.000 passengers, and has 35 percent of the market share. Air Antilles plans to launch Pointe à Pitre-Santo Domingo service this summer.

Islas Airways
ATR and Canary Islands-based Islas Airways said the airline is optioning two ATR 72-500s, following on from its March order for six ATR 72-500s. The aircraft will be configured with 70 seats. Deliveries will start this year and will continue through 2009.
Islas Airways was founded in Tenerife in 2001 and started its operations in 2003 with two leased ATR 72-200s. Today, the airline operates four ATR 72-200s and one ATR 42-300. Islas Airways transports more than 520,000 passengers per year aboard some 17,000 flights, and posted gross revenues of around € 28 million in 2006. Since 2005, the airline has been part of SOAC Group, a Canary Island holding which includes, in addition to airline service, ground handling and airport services.

Jet Airways
India-based Jet Airways ordered 13 new ATR 72-500 aircraft, six of which will comes through the Irish-based leasing company AIR (Aircraft International Renting), a subsidiary of TAT leasing. In order to reserve aircraft delivery positions, Jet Airways has concluded purchase agreements for the remaining seven aircraft. Prior to delivery, Jet Airways intends to conclude lease agreements for these aircraft as well. The total value of the two contracts is approximately $238 million. Deliveries will start in 2007 and will continue through 2010.
Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of eight ATR 72-500s. In the near future, its growing ATR fleet will enable the airline to open new routes and increase frequencies across the Indian subcontinent where ATR has nearly 100 percent of the turboprop market share.  Jet Airways also operates a mixed fleet of 55 Boeing and Airbus aircraft. With an average fleet age of 5.1 years, the airline has one of the youngest fleets in the world. Jet Airways operates over 340 flights daily spanning 50 destinations throughout India, Asia and Europe. The airline plans to extend its international operations to North America, Europe, Africa and Asia in phases with the induction of wide-body aircraft into its fleet. Since its inception in May 1993 until end-May 2007, Jet Airways has flown over 72 million passengers.
Since the beginning of the year, ATR has received orders for 53 new aircraft, some of them not yet released. ATR has sold 890 aircraft (416 ATR 42s and 474 ATR 72s) and has delivered 727 (393 ATR 42s and 334 ATR 72s), thus posting a current backlog of 163 aircraft.

ATR Launches New Web Site
ATR launched its new website, available on www.atraircraft.com and www.atr.fr. With fully redesigned interface and a new ergonomic navigation, this website is part of a wider project of the turboprop manufacturer which started in 2005 as a campaign to boost both its corporate and its products brand. ATR also launched a special website by means of which, Internet users can access information, videos, as well as photos of day-to-day ATR events. 
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