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    Vietnam Airlines expands its regional fleet with 5 new ATR 72-500s

    06th December 2007

    ATR and Vietnam Airlines today announced the signature of a contract for the purchase of 5 new ATR 72-500s. This contract, will allow the airline to expand its ATR fleet and continue the renewal of its current fleet of ATR 72-200s. The airline started operating ATR aircraft in 1992 and today's fleet includes 7 ATR 72-200s and 3 ATR 72-500s.

    These new ATR aircraft, configured with 70-seats, will be equipped with the "Elegance" cabin and Light Emitting Diode (LED), as well as with state-of-the-art technological innovations in passenger comfort, communications and navigation aid tools. Deliveries of these aircraft will start by the end of 2009.

    Commenting on the deal, Nguyen Sy Hung, Chairman of Vietnam Airlines, declared: "We do have a very high confidence in the ATR family of aircraft, that we have operated successfully for years. In 2001 we introduced 3 ATR 72-500s to expand and upgrade our fleet with ‘-500 series' aircraft. Now it's time to start harmonizing our whole fleet with aircraft offering an optimal comfort to the passengers and the lowest operating and maintenance costs". And added: "The growth of Vietnam Airlines is tied to its successful partnership with ATR. This partnership has lead to the development of a strong regional network, connecting remote and small regions to main hubs, and contributing to the growth of the country".

    Stéphane Mayer, ATR CEO, underlined the importance of Vietnam and the whole Asian market in the success of the ATR programme. He said: "In the last three years, we have booked orders with Asian customers for more than 100 new aircraft. Their choice of ATR aircraft to update their fleets reflects their confidence in the improved performance, technologies and comfort of our aircraft". And concluded: "Our commercial success in Asia is coupled by an increasing presence of ATR in the region. In a short period, we have open spare parts, customer support and training centers, in order to improve also a very high and quality-rated service to our clients. Being close to their needs and support them is a key point of the ATR's strategy of development".

    Since the beginning of the year, ATR has received orders for 88 new aircraft, some of them not yet unveiled. Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has sold 925 aircraft (416 ATR 42s and 509 ATR 72s) and has delivered 746 (396 ATR 42s and 350 ATR 72s), thus posting a current backlog of 179 aircraft.
    The 500 series ATRs:
    With its ATR 42-500 and ATR 72-500, ATR supplies state-of-the-art aircraft with the highest standards of comfort. The advanced six-blade propeller provides remarkably low noise levels. Low fuel burn and gaseous emissions contribute to make the ATR environment friendly. All ATR models are compliant with noise regulations and have a large margin with regard to Chapter IV (ICAO) noise regulations, effective 1st January 2006.
    About Vietnam Airlines
    Established in 1993 as the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines has tapped great potentials for growth over the last ten years. The airline currently operates a young fleet of 44 modern aircraft and plans to expand its fleet to 86 and 110 aircraft by 2015 and 2020, respectively. As for the network, Vietnam Airlines is now flying to 18 domestic cities throughout Vietnam and 40 international destinations, and is the unique legacy carrier offering non-stop flights from Western Europe and Australia to Vietnam. Carrying over 6.7 million passengers in 2006, of which over 3.7 million flew on domestic routes, Vietnam Airlines reached a significant growth of almost 13% in comparison with 2005's. The airline has set itself the target of serving 11 million by 2010 throughout a strategically developed network of long haul flights and local and regional connexions.

    About ATR
    Toulouse, Southern France-based regional aircraft manufacturer ATR is the world leader in the 50 to 74-seat turboprop market. ATR forecasts revenues of around US$1 Billion in 2007, representing two successive years of 30% increase in turnover. ATR is an equal partnership between Alenia Aeronautica (Finmeccanica group) and EADS. ATR is certified NF EN ISO 9001:2000 and AS 9100 revision B:2004 / JIS Q 9100:2004 / EN 9100:2003, the worldwide quality standard in the field of aeronautics.

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