ATR ticked off a major milestone recently when it delivered its 1,500th aircraft, an ATR 72-600, to Japan Air Commuter.
The turboprop was handed over at the end of October, and follows other milestones for the manufacturer this year, including the delivery of the 1,000th ATR 72 in July and the 500th ATR -600 Series in August.
Since 2010, 75% of turboprop sales have been ATRs, it says. Nearly 500 50-seat ATR 42s and over 1,000 72-seat ATR 72s have been delivered to more than 200 operators in 100 countries.
ATR chief executive officer, Stefano Bortoli, said: “This is a momentous occasion for ATR and a moment of pride for all of our colleagues, past and present, who have contributed to the evolution and success of this fantastic aircraft. We thank all of our suppliers, clients and operators for accompanying us on this journey and we look forward to continuing to take this wonderful programme further into the future, connecting more people all over the world.”
Looking forward, the aircraft manufacturer is forecasting a demand for over 3,000 turboprops in the next 20 years.