This week at the Gyeongbuk Aerospace, Defence and Logistics Exhibition (GADLEX) in South Korea, ATR aims for operators in the region to take anywhere between 25-30 72-600s.
ATR believes that there are opportunities to provide aircraft to establish new short-haul passenger routes linking the country to Northeast China and Southern Japan, as well as provide freighters in that market.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
ATR Increasing Its Presence in South Korea…
Jean-Pierre Clercin, ATR’s Head of Commercial for Asia Pacific had this to say on the potential South Korea has to offer with the 72-600:
“We are thrilled to see the Gyeongsangbuk-do provincial government promoting domestic regional aviation by hosting the GADLEX aviation show.”
“Korea has many under-utilised domestic airports, and scheduled domestic flights are mainly north-south.”
“ATR sees opportunity to develop east-west routes, linking communities living along the east coast to places in Korea’s western part, and the ATR is the ideal platform to create these links, considering the passenger volume, geography and distance.”
“Besides, our 78-seat ATR 72 aircraft can take-off and land from a 1,200m runway in dry and wet conditions as per Korean rules, such as the one being developed on Ulleungdo Island.”
“Our aircraft can therefore contribute to offer more responsible, affordable and convenient travel options, remaining profitable while serving the smallest communities, which makes it an inclusive and resilient proposition.”
“We have seen operators try and fail to operate regional jets on domestic routes, and particularly on short distances, because these jets have higher operating costs, due mainly to higher fuel burn and maintenance costs,”
“There are instances where regional jets operators have later replaced their aircraft with ATR 72s, because our aircraft have unbeatable economics on routes less than 300NM due to the 45% lower fuel burn.”
“Fuel accounts for 40% of an airline’s total cost base, so reducing fuel burn has a hugely positive impact on the airline’s profitability.”
“This contributes to making airlines more resilient in an ever more volatile market environment”.
Looking ahead, ATR remains solid in ensuring that they can sell some more aircraft in South Korea, and the 72-600 is the perfect fit for that.
They have been successful in Japan already, so the push in the rest of that area of the world continues.