The harsh realities of the airline industry have created a new opportunity for ATR, which racked up a record 90 orders for ATR 42/72 turboprops in 2005 and sold a further 46 in the first four months of the current year. "The economics and pressure for airlines to reduce costs is certainly a driving factor," VP John Moore said this week at the Regional Airline Assn. conference in Dallas. Other factors are also at play, he said, citing the growth in Regional airline traffic and a "new wave" of ...

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