Here at the Dubai 2005 show today, India’s Kingfisher Airlines is expected to order 20 ATR 72-500s, and to take options on an additional 15 of the 68-seat twin turboprop. The ATR 72s are to be delivered during a three-year period beginning next March and will be used to serve regional routes on the subcontinent.
Six months after beginning operations, Kingfisher Airlines has confirmed it has ordered 20 ATR 72-500 twin turboprops valued at $350 million and taken options on a further 15 worth about $200 million. Deliveries from Avions de Transport Regional are scheduled to begin in March 2006, when they will join eight Airbus A320s and three A319s.
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India’s Kingfisher Airlines exercised options on another 15 ATR 72-500s yesterday during French President Jacques Chirac’s official visit to the subcontinent. The estimated $270 million deal included options on another 20 airplanes and increased to 35 the number of ATR 72s on which Kingfisher has placed firm orders.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed an exclusive five-year agreement with Avions de Transport Regional to maintain engines for Air Deccan’s fleet of ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop aircraft. The two-and-a-half-year-old Air Deccan offers short-haul domestic service in India.
Customers from the Asia/Pacific region played a big part in the banner year European airframer Avions de Transport Regional posted in 2005. They accounted for just over two thirds of the 90 firm orders and 26 options that ATR received for its 48-seat 42-500 and 68-seat 72-500 twin turboprop regional airliners–in what was the company’s best year for sales since 1989, when it logged 107 sales.
Pratt & Whitney has been chosen to power Kingfisher Airlines’ fleet of new Airbus A330s with its PW4168A turbofan. The deal is for 10 engines and one spare and includes an option for a further 10 engines and is valued at $500 million if all options are exercised.
Thales is demonstrating its “world first” regional aircraft in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for the first time here at Farnborough International on the Embraer 190.
The Top Series i-4500 IFE installation is claimed to be unique in that the IFE server is located in the rear of the aircraft instead of under passenger seats, saving considerable space.
Sales have been brisk for regional turboprop aircraft manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional, which is here at Farnborough International exhibiting an ATR 42-500 in the livery of Air Madagascar on the static display. The aircraft features the Elegance cabin interior and an in-flight entertainment system.
This year’s ERA Airline of the Year gold award went to two-time runner-up Eastern Airways. While noting the carrier’s “dynamic approach to industry lobbying,” judges lauded the UK regional’s ability to survive powerful competition through “courage, creativity and persistence,” as well as marketing and operational and technical commitment.