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ATR enters into a partnership with AviAssist in Africa
ATR continues to strengthen flight safety awareness with the reference safety organisation in Africa
Toulouse, 27 February 2019
- ATR signed a partnership agreement with AviAssist, the independent non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting African aviation safety. Through this partnership, ATR continues to strengthen flight safety awareness and accident prevention actions. Since 2015, ATR has participated in the annual Safety in African Aviation Conferences (SiAAC) organised by AviAssist. ATR is also a member of the Conference Committee.
Commenting on the signature of this partnership agreement, Tom Kok, Director of AviAssist declared: “We are thrilled to include the expertise, safety dedication and funding of ATR to our work in Africa and our ASPCs (AviAssist Safety Promotion Centres). This partnership demonstrates ATR’s leadership in flight safety. ATR aircraft play a crucial role in the development of new routes across the globe and in Africa. In turn, route development is promoted by the African Union with its Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative. SAATM aims to open up Africa's skies and improve intra-African air connectivity. This partnership enables us to empower ever more safety champions throughout Africa to support SAATM.”
Christopher McGregor ATR Flight Safety Officer said at the signing: “As the leader in the regional aviation market, it is essential for ATR to share its expertise to improve flight safety in the regions we serve. ATR recognises the success of AviAssist in driving safety improvement. We look forward to further strengthening the existing co-operation through training and dedicated safety promotion activities for regional operations. We thank AviAssist for putting their trust in ATR.”
More than 120 ATR aircraft are operated in 22 African countries by 30 airlines. According to our market forecast, the number of turboprops in Africa is expected to exceed 350 within the next twenty years.
ATR is the world leader in the regional aviation market. In 2018, the company achieved sales of $1.8 billion and its two models, the ATR 42 and 72, are the world’s best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat category. The mission of the company’s 1,400 employees is to bring the world’s populations closer together and help all communities develop, in a sustainable way. With permanent innovation as a driving force, and thanks to the excellent performance of its turboprops, ATR opens up over 100 new routes every year. ATR aircraft also consume 40% less fuel and emit 40% less CO2 compared with other regional jets. ATR have been chosen by some 200 airlines, which operate their fleet in over 100 countries throughout the world.
ATR is an equal partnership between Airbus and Leonardo. Find out more at www.atr-aircraft.com and www.atr-intolife.com.