Leading Regional Aircraft Manufacturer


Company milestones

  • January 1997

    ATR 72-500 is certified by the French airworthiness authorities (DGAC France).

  • May 1997

    ATR has a breakthrough in China with China Xinjiang Airlines and the Chinese CAAC authority placing five firm orders and five options ATR 72s.

  • July 31, 1997

    The first ATR 72-500 is delivered to American Eagle (US).

  • August 1997

    First delivery of an ATR 72 to China Xinjiang Airlines from a firm order of five ATR 72-500s.

  • September 5, 1997

    American Eagle takes delivery of the 500th ATR.

    This milestone makes ATR the first European program in its market segment to reach the 500-delivery mark in only 12 years.

  • October 21, 1997

    Eurowings (Germany) takes first delivery of five ATR 42-500s ordered by the German airline. With this order Eurowings becomes the largest ATR operator in Europe with a fleet of 27 ATRs.