ATR of France logged firm orders for 90 new aircraft--17 42-500s and 73 72-500s--plus 26 options in 2005 against only 12 firm orders in 2004. Revenues amounted to $542 million, an increase of 15% compared to 2004, prompting CEO Filippo Bagnato to declare, "2005 was our best year since 1989" during a Paris press conference yesterday. Bagnato said there were three reasons for the "strong revival" of turboprop aircraft: The soaring price of crude oil, the growth of regional markets and ...

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