ATR is here exhibiting an ATR 42-600 turboprop with a Silver Airways livery – thus illustrating the manufacturer’s hopes in regard to the U.S. market.

The aircraft, leased from Nordic Aviation Capital, is to be operated later this year by Florida-based Silver Airways as the first ATR-600 series in the U.S. It is part of Silver Airways’ plan to operate 20 ATR-600s. Thanks also to an order from FedEx, last year marked ATR’s return to the U.S. after two decades of sales drought.

The Americas should account for 26% of turboprop demand over the next 20 years, according to ATR’s market forecast. Asia, however, is expected to lead, at 43%. It is a region where ATR sees the highest need for connectivity. It is also the primary target of a short takeoff and landing version – currently undergoing “evaluation” – of the ATR 42-600.

ATR is also counting on the relative environmental friendliness of its 40- and 70-seat-class aircraft for future sales. If all operating regional jets were to be replaced by turboprops on routes of up to 500 nm, regional aviation would reduce its overall CO2 emissions by 11% thanks to the latter design’s lower fuel burn, according to ATR’s calculation. The manufacturer forecasts demand for 3,000 new turboprops over the next 20 years.

The key drivers are predicted to be regional connectivity and a doubling oil price.

For this year, ATR appears to be anticipating slower sales than in 2017, based on a briefing here ahead of the show. It indirectly suggested sales could be in the 40-50 range this year, after 113 orders last year.

One of the most recent orders was from Air Saint-Pierre, a carrier based in the Saint-Pierre and Miquelon French overseas community in the North Atlantic. Air Saint-Pierre signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for one ATR 42-600. Air Botswana inked a firm order for two ATR 72-600s, which are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter. Mayotte, France-based EWA signed an MoU for two ATR 72-600s, to be delivered by year-end.

Also on display at ATR’s exhibit are the Neo Classic and Neo Prestige new passenger seats, which are almost one inch wider than their predecessors, the manufacturer claims. Showgoers will be able to experience Cabinstream, a “bring your own device” in-flight entertainment option ATR is offering.