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TOULOUSE, FRANCE-  ATR announced that it would cut production by 50 percent and reduce its workforce in response to the ongoing global crisis.

In 20219, the Franco-Italian turboprop planemaker delivered 67 aircraft, but it expects to deliver only 30 - 35 planes this year. The manufacturer said negotiations with employee unions have begun and an agreement is expected by the end of summer.

“The aviation industry, along with many other industries, is facing the most significant economic crisis we have ever experienced," 

said ATR chief executive Stefano Bortoli.

"Despite actions taken to absorb the initial shock of Covid-19, it is with a heavy heart that ATR must now adopt such measures to adjust to the overwhelming challenges we face to ensure we are ready to adapt our competences to the new future of regional aviation, keeping all engagements with our customers; supporting the fleet worldwide, and pursuing the development of products that can open new markets, such as the ATR 42-600S short takeoff and landing, and the ATR 72-600F freighter."

The ATR chief added that short-distance regional aviation will recover, but those travel restrictions, a “natural” fear of people to resume flying, and uncertainty over the prospects for a vaccine will mean a slow return to normal operations.

“In the meantime, we will make every effort to support ATR team members and ensure that where possible the reduction in our workforce will be on a voluntary basis,” 

he said.

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