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ATR Notes Growth In Pacific Region

An executive of ATR, a regional aircraft manufacturer,   says its planes have found growth in the South Pacific region. ATR sales director-Pacific region Jean-Pierre Clercin noted this during the Association
07 Dec 2014 11:10
ATR Notes Growth In Pacific Region
Association of South Pacific Airlines members at the ASPA 61 st general session at Sofitel Resort and Spa in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

An executive of ATR, a regional aircraft manufacturer,   says its planes have found growth in the South Pacific region.

ATR sales director-Pacific region Jean-Pierre Clercin noted this during the Association of South Pacific Airlines 61st general session at the Sofitel Resort and Spa yesterday.

“We are very happy to see interest with the regional airlines giving business to us,” said Mr Clercin.

“I think since we have been building our presence strongly we have made them to see what type of aircraft can do better in this area.

“It’s has been a positive move especially when organisations give you the needed confident and we our customer support as well.”

Prior to June, Fiji Airways only operated two ATR 42-500. This year it welcomed the ATR 72-600 in June, an ATR 42-600 in September and the ATR 72-600 expected later this month. This is part of its Five Year Strategic Masterplan.

Regionally there are more than 30 aircraft currently operated in New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Australia since 2007.

Mr Clercin said: “We’ve good response in the area as Fiji Airways had ordered two ATR and now the new ATR 600 as well.”

He added that a regional airline has also ordered two ATR in the region which will be delivered in the next 12 months of operations.

ATR has sold over 950 aircraft worldwide so far. ATR portfolio is now composed some 130 operators in more than 70 countries.

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