ATR names Christopher Jones as Head of Americas region

Mission to develop ATR business in United States market

Defence & Aerospace

July 3, 2024

/ By / Paris

ATR names Christopher Jones as Head of Americas region

ATR says that Jones comes to ATR with over 30 years of commercial success in aircraft sales

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR has nominated a new head of its Americas region in an attempt to develop its market in the United States.

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ATR, the world’s number one regional aircraft manufacturer, says it has appointed Christopher Jones as the company’s Head of Region Americas, effective July 1 and Managing Director & President ATR Americas, effective August 1.

In a press statement, ATR says that in this role, Jones reports to Alexis Vidal, Senior Vice President Commercial and is based at ATR facilities in Miami, Florida. 

ATR says that Jones comes to ATR with over 30 years of commercial success in aircraft sales, and has held senior leadership positions with Airbus, Bombardier, and British Aerospace. He joins the company from Texas-based Aero Design Labs, a company which designs, develops, and certifies drag reduction kits, generating fuel savings for commercial aircraft. 

As Chief Commercial Officer, he spearheaded the company’s path to revenue including securing a strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines, adds the statement.
Prior to Aero Design Labs, Jones was the Senior Vice President Customers for Airbus North America, where he was responsible for all sales and commercial strategy in the region covering some of the world’s largest passenger and freight airlines. His career at Airbus spanned 20 years, including sales of the A330neo, A350, A321neo/LR/XLR and A220, says the aircraft manufacturer.
At Bombardier, he led the North American Sales campaigns for the C-Series (A220), which led to commitments from JetBlue and Breeze, as well as additional sales of the CRJ-900 to Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Through his time at British Aerospace and Bombardier, Jones has established a well-founded knowledge of the regional airline sector, says ATR.
The statement adds that Jones has developed long-term, trusting relationships with airline customers, suppliers, lessors and consultants and operates with a high degree of integrity. He enjoys building customer centric teams as well as developing talent through their aerospace careers. He came to the United States in 1990, as a commercial apprentice with British Aerospace in Hatfield, England, having completed his education in Business and Finance at the University of Hertfordshire. 
As Head of Region Americas and Managing Director & President ATR Americas, Jones will play a pivotal role in developing ATR in the region, especially in the US, and supporting the company’s customers.



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