Executives from turboprop manufacturer ATR expressed optimism about their product range and the future of turboprops in general at last week’s Singapore Airshow.
According to industry databases, ATR has 52% of the market for 30+ seat turboprops in service and 63% of 70+ seaters. It competes primarily against De Havilland Canada’s DHC-8 family. The ATR-72 accounts for nearly two-thirds of ATR production. Both models are produced on a single assembly line.
However, ATR dominates the backlogs by a wider margin.
ATR touts advantages of the ATR-42 and -72 family;
Special performance capabilities of the ATR-42 are key for developing markets;
Adapting aircraft capabilities to stay ahead of revitalized DHC-8 competitor;
Not looking to compete with regional jets in the 70+ seat space.