Over the next 20 years the Asia-Pacific region, excluding China, is expected to generate a demand for 750 new turboprop airliners. Around 600 new routes are forecast to be added to the air transport network over the same period. The requirement for new aircraft to satisfy this route expansion is expected to drive 27 per cent of the overall demand for new aircraft.
That’s the view of a market forecast released by turboprop manufacturer ATR in July. An equal partnership between Airbus and Leonardo, ATR offers the 50-seat ATR 42 and the larger ATR 72. Up to 78 passengers can be accommodated in the latest ATR 72-600 High Capacity version, which entered service with Cebu Pacific Air in the Philippines last month. ATR hopes to sell up to 120 of the smaller aircraft, and 630 ATR 72s, over 20 years.
Asia-Pacific is ATR’s best-performing market. Sixty airlines are flying 377 ATRs in the region, and the turboprop family has secured more than 90 per cent of the regional market share in southeast Asia since 2010. During that time, ATRs have permitted the establishment of around 200 new routes, typically serving smaller regional destinations and significantly adding to the expansion of business and tourism in developing areas.