ATR celebrated its second major order in as many days today, as EVA Air subsidiary UNI Air signed a contract with the Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer to buy 10 ATR 72-600s during a ceremony at its home base in Taiwan. ATR plans to start delivering the airplanes during the third quarter of 2012.
UNI Air plans to replace its aging de Havilland Dash 8-300s with the latest variant of the ATR 72 family, equipped with a new Thales avionics suite, a new interior and more powerful Pratt & Whitney PW127M engines.
“This contract confirms the attractiveness of our aircraft in the rapidly growing Asian region,” said ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato. “In the last several years, Asia and the Pacific region have represented some 50 percent of our total order intake.”
ATR’s delivery schedule currently includes some 100 aircraft on order for Asia-Pacific carriers.