Founded in 1981, ATR has become the market’s world leader for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1,500 aircraft. With over 25 million flight hours, ATR models equip the fleets of 190 airlines in more than 90 countries. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company) and Airbus Group. Its head office is in Toulouse, France. ATR is ISO 14001 certified.
Europe’s largest regional airline, operating domestic and regional routes for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), signed an exclusive 6-year Global Maintenance Agreement with ATR for five ATR 72-600 aircraft. Flybe’s first brand new ATR entered service last month. The airline will incorporate four other new 70-seat ATR 72-600s into the SAS network between 2016 and 2017.
Under the contract, ATR will provide Flybe with a comprehensive technical support of its ATR 72-600 aircraft. The spectrum of services covers a complete management of spare parts inventory on lease at airline’s premises, propellers maintenance and availability, repair and overhaul of LRUs (Line Replaceable Units), including landing gear and fuel nozzles. The airline will benefit from a quick access to a comprehensive pool supply offering up-front exchanges and timely spares availability. ATR will ensure continued on time delivery of all spare parts directly to Flybe’s main base.
The Global Maintenance agreement will help Flybe ease maintenance costs and tasks, while providing accurate timely service and the expertise and knowledge from the aircraft manufacturer.
“The Global Maintenance agreement will help Flybe ease maintenance costs and tasks, while providing accurate timely service as well as the expertise and knowledge direct from ATR. We are delighted to be extending our partnership so early into the relationship, and it bodes well for a positive future together,” said Luke Farajallah, Flybe Chief Operations Officer.
“We thank Flybe for the trust they have placed in ATR, and we are fully committed in providing our expert support to ensure operational performance of Flybe’s ATR 72-600 aircraft,” shared Tom Anderson, Senior Vice President Commercial and Customer Support of ATR. “It clearly demonstrates that ATR is able to offer the highest level of service and reliability at best possible cost.”
To date, nearly 60 per cent of the total ATR-600 aircraft fleet worldwide are covered the Global Maintenance Agreement and this number is expected to rise steeply as ATRs ride wave of popularity among regional aircraft.
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 149 routes serving 9 countries from 62 departure points, 34 UK/28 European airports* (all routes on sale Sep ’15 – Mar ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA July ’14 – July ‘15); named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA July ’15); operates fleet of 69 aircraft – 49 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195 & 11 E175; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air making it only UK airline brand with 74% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA August’15); has own globally recognized Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.