Dubai Aerospace orders $1bn turboprops
Singapore, February 12, 2014
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), the largest aircraft leasing firm in the Middle East, has ordered 20 turboprop commercial aircraft with an option for another 20 planes from French-Italian manufacturer ATR, the company said on Wednesday.
DAE put the value of the purchase at $988 million.
"We aim to diversify our portfolio and expand into regional aircraft, to meet an increasing demand from airlines that are developing regional air connectivity," DAE managing director Khalifa AlDaboos said at the Singapore Airshow.
The order by DAE for 20 ATR 72-600s and options for 20 additional ones will see delivery between 2015 and 2018.
DAE has lined up customers for the first 20 aircraft and will decide on the options this year, Khalifa said.
"ATRs are today operated by some 190 carriers all over the world, and this is clearly providing us with potential opportunities to place this new fleet," he added.
DAE is the largest aviation leasing firm in the Middle East with an aircraft portfolio of approximately $3.3 billion comprising B737s, B777s, A320s and A330s. Today’s deal represents DAE’s first order for regional aircraft. The 20 firm aircraft are scheduled to deliver between 2015 and 2018. - Reuters and TradeArabia News Service