The 50th ATR 72-600 represents delivery of half of total 100 aircraft ordered by the Lion Group
This new ATR will operate in the colors of Wings Air, the Lion Group’s regional airline
“We congratulate the Lion Group on this important milestone. We are convinced that the ATR will continue to substantially contribute to the company’s strategy moving forward,” commented Patrick de Castelbajac. “Today, more than 50 ATR 72s are in operation connecting communities and villages across Indonesia. We are glad that the market-leading ATR turboprops contribute to the development of tourism in remote areas of Sumatra, Nusa Tenggara Timurand and Papua”.
In November 2014, the Lion Group signed a Purchase Agreement with a value of US$ 1 Billion for an additional 40 ATR turboprops aircraft, bringing its firm order total to 100 ATRs. The aircraft will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years, both within the Group’s existing operators’ networks and to develop other opportunities for ATR operations throughout Asia.
The Asia-Pacific region has become a core market for ATR, accounting for 30 per cent of all orders recorded to date. Today, there are some 350 ATR aircraft in service with over 50 operators across the region. Another 112 ATRs on order are with customers for future delivery. This represents nearly 45 per cent of the company’s total backlog, reflecting the importance of the region as the fastest growing market for new turboprop aircraft.