European turboprop manufacturer ATR announced a batch of orders and commitments for a total of nine aircraft from five airlines July 13.

Normally, manufacturers save up such announcements for major airshows, and the 2018 iteration of the Farnborough show opens July 16. However, the Franco-Italian OEM has chosen to release news of its sales successes early.

  • Drukair, the national carrier of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan, has signed up for an ATR 42-600 and will be the first operator to use ClearVision’s Combined Vision System (CVS), incorporating the company’s Enhanced Vision System (EVS), which improves visibility. It will also use the Synthetic Vision System (SVS), which generates images of terrain and obstacles using an extensive database. The aircraft is expected to be delivered in July 2019.
  • Air Saint-Pierre has signed an MOU for a single ATR 42-600. The airline is based in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a French overseas island territory off the east coast of Canada. The aircraft will replace an existing ATR 42-500.
  • Air Botswana has placed a firm order for two ATR 72-600s; the southern African carrier has been an ATR operator for more than 20 years and currently operates three ATR 42-500s and a single ATR 72-500.  The new aircraft will be the start of a progressive replacement of the existing aircraft, with deliveries starting in 4Q this year.
  • Aurigny, based in the UK territory of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, has signed an LOI for three ATR 72-600s, which are expected to replace the carrier’s three existing ATR 72-500s. Like Drukair’s aircraft, they will be equipped with ClearVision’s CVS. Guernsey is regularly affected by sea fog, which can roll in with little warning.
  • Finally, EWA Air, from another French overseas territory, Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean, has signed an MOU for two ATR 72-600s, replacing two leased ATR 72-500s. The aircraft, in 64-seat configuration, will connect several Indian Ocean island destinations, as well as points on the East African mainland. EWA Air is a subsidiary of the Air Austral Group.

Alan Dron