Tuesday, July 18, 2017

RCS Pushes Growing Demand for ATR

The rising demand of airplane seats from Tier-II and Tier-III cities in India has pushed the airlines flying the Indian skies to think of ATR aircraft – the government’s regional air connectivity scheme seems to be hitting the right notes.
ATR, the leading turboprop manufacturer of below 90-seat aircraft was present at the 52nd edition of the Paris Air Show, from June 19 to June 25. The company greeted visitors on board an ATR 72-600 in the colours of the Indian carrier IndiGo. While IndiGo, one of the premium airlines in India looks at the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) of the present government as a major test of character, the latest order of 50 ATR 72-600 aims to address the ambitious regional market in India. Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) is the name given to India’s RCS. It aims to boost economic development, employment and tourism by connecting small and remote cities.
IndiGo was currently only operating Airbus A-320 aircraft; however, a statement made by the airline revealed that it had signed a term sheet with French-Italian aircraft maker ATR for purchase of 50 ATR 72-600s, with the flexibility to reduce the number of aircraft based on certain terms. While a term sheet means that the airline has now identified the aircraft that it plans to buy, IndiGo and ATR will firm up issues such as final delivery dates and the number of seats that the airline requires in the aircraft.
18/07/17 Sudipto Roy/Media India Group