Aero India 2017
Making the most of this strategic event: an unparalleled opportunity to meet and listen to our current and future customers!
Last week, ATR took part in the Aero India 2017 show in Bangalore, an event that brought together key players from both the Indian and global aviation industries, including Airbus, Boeing and United Aircraft Corporation (Russia). ATR was represented by our colleagues Girish Rangareddy and Jane Jeyaraj from ATR India Customer Support, Patrice Cuq, Services Sales and Contracts Manager, and Guillaume Huertas, Sales Director - South Asia. Together, they were proactive in approaching our customers and potential customers during the show, with the aim of building long-term working relationships.
“We have a mature ecosystem in India, including a training centre in Singapore – while our competitor can only offer pilot training in Europe –, a customer support centre in Bangalore, people who have been trained in the country, two MROs and a portfolio of satisfied customers,” explained Guillaume Huertas.
Our aircraft have already been meeting the needs of our Indian customers for 18 years. Over 30 ATR aircraft are currently in service here, with 4 different operators. We predict a very high potential growth rate and estimate that the fleet will increase significantly in the next few years. “ATR is the perfect answer to the question of how to expand regional air links in India; combining comfort and reliability, at a cost that is in line with market expectations,” Guillaume confirmed. 20% of India’s 100 operational airports can only be served by turboprop aircraft. In October 2016, the Indian government (Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India) launched the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme to boost the development of regional routes. The aim of this project is to increase the number of connections to airports that currently offer very few regional flights, or even none at all, via a subsidised funding scheme and tax reductions for airlines.
“Indian airlines expect ATR to provide them with more than just aircraft. They want us to help them get their aircraft off the ground and support them throughout their in-service life (spare parts, GMA, training, etc.). The presence of our sales and customer support teams therefore sends out a powerful message to our customers… and our future customers!” concluded Guillaume.