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Rumours about an early change of CEO at ATR have added to ongoing uncertainty about the strategic direction of the Toulouse-based turboprop manufacturer.

Last week a Reuters source told the agency that Christian Scherer, currently head of Airbus Group International, is due to replace Patrick de Castelbajac midway through the latter’s four-year term in charge of ATR.

De Castelbajac has spent much that time trying to reconcile the ambitions of ATR’s two shareholders – Airbus and Leonardo. The former wants to offer a new engine variant of the company’s best-selling ATR72 turboprop, while Leonardo would like to take full control of the company and release an all-new, 90-100-seat design.

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Sabena Technics Targets Turboprops Components Initially For Singapore MRO Shop

Sabena technics opened a component repair shop in Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park on Sept. 26 because its business in the region had “reached a critical size so it made sense,” says Thibaut Campion, COO (production) of Sabena technics Asia.

Posted in MROs and tagged Sabena Technics, ATR, turboprop, MRO

Europe’s regional airline market has always been tough to operate in, especially compared with the US, where lucrative capacity purchase deals offer guaranteed returns for years at a time.

As a result, sub-100-seat operators in Europe have to be creative and the largest – UK-based Flybe – is no exception.

The carrier was one of the first in the world to push checked baggage charges and it has experimented with a variety of different aircraft types and business models since it rebranded from British European in 2002.

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