CEO Fabrice Bregier has made it clear that he will not support a quick launch of the proposed 90-seat turboprop.
“You don’t tell your customers that you will spend billions on a new project when you have no competition,” Bregier said at the Airbus Innovation Days in Toulouse last month. He was referring to the dominating role that ATR plays in the turboprop market based on recent sales of thein particular. Launching the larger turboprop “is not a priority for Airbus.”
As a joint venture between Airbus and, ATR needs the support of both shareholders to go ahead with the development of a new aircraft. While Finmeccanica has been very much in favor of the idea, Airbus has been skeptical from the beginning.
ATR has presented plans to its shareholders for an all-new turboprop that, it says, its customers would like to see built. The debate about the 90-seater has triggered another discussion about inefficiencies in ATR’s structure. Bregier says that “if there is a way to make it more efficient I will be open for it.”