ATR has booked 78 year-to-date orders, setting a record for business activity for the company for the first six months of the year.

“We have achieved 78 orders in 2011,” says ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato. The record order intake is $2.4 billion.

The aircraft maker also has secured 32 options.

The tally includes Azul Linhas Aereas decision today to exercise options for 10 more ATR 72-600s, adding to 20 ordered last year. The first of the -600s are to be delivered to Azul in October.

Three more yet-to-be announced orders are in the total representing 22 firm orders and 12 options. Most of those are for ATR 72-600s, but also include three ATR 42-500s.

Already announced are orders for Lion Air/Wings Air (18 ATR 72-500s); Virgin Australia/Skywest (4 ATR 72-600s, 4 72-500s and 5 options); Gecas (15 ATR 72-600s and 15 options); Malaysia Airlines/Firefly (2 ATR 72-500s); Israir (2 ATR 72-500s) and Borajet (1 ATR 72-500).

The growth in the order book to a backlog of 223 aircraft is prompting ATR to boost production to at least 70 aircraft next year, from around 53 today, with further increases eyed for 2013 and 2014. The backlog represents $5 billion in business and more than three years of production.

Revenue next year is to reach $1.8 billion, up from $1.3 billion this year, and progress to $2 billion per year.