ATR has booked 78 orders so far this year with another 32 options, setting a record for business activity for the company for the first six months.

ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato says the record number of orders is worth $2.4 billion. The tally includes Azul Linhas Aereas’ decision yesterday 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); GE Capital Aviation Services (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).

With a backlog of 223 aircraft, ATR is boosting production to at least 70 aircraft next year from about 53 today, with further increases eyed for 2013 and 2014. The backlog represents $5 billion 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.