Showing posts with label ATR 72-600. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ATR 72-600. Show all posts

16 May, 2024

The most successful April ever for Air Serbia

During April, Air Serbia carried 303,189 passengers during its regular operations, marking the best April result since the company started in 2013 and the first time that the number of passengers exceeded 300,000 in that month. Looking back to April 2023, the Serbian national airline carried 7% more people on a total of 3,271 flights operated from Belgrade, Niš, and Kraljevo airports. So far in 2024, Air Serbia has carried more than a million passengers.

“Last year was record-breaking for us, and already at the beginning of 2024, we noticed that the trend of increasing passenger numbers continues. The results achieved so far show that all four months of the current year are more successful than the same months in 2023. The summer season has started dynamically, and everything indicates that it will continue this way,” said Boško Rupić, General Manager of Commercial and Strategy at Air Serbia.

The most popular destinations in the network of the national airline of the Republic of Serbia in April 2024, when it comes to Western Europe, were Paris, Zurich, Milan, London, Rome, and Amsterdam. In the region, Podgorica and Tivat were the most popular, while flights to Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, and Larnaca were in the highest demand in the broader Euro-Mediterranean zone. High cabin load factors were also recorded on other Air Serbia routes.


Last month, Air Serbia's eighth ATR 72-600 aircraft arrived at its Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport base. The new aircraft is nine years old and bears the registration mark YU-ASF. It was painted in the Serbian national airline’s livery in Toulouse, and since 10 March, it has been undergoing handover procedures and technical inspections in France. 

 Milan Malović, Chief Operations Officer at Air Serbia welcomed the aircraft on 17th April: “Our eighth ATR 72-600 has just landed at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Its arrival represents a step forward in our continuous efforts to improve our regional fleet and network of destinations. With the introduction of this aircraft into service, we will contribute to even better connectivity between the countries in the Western Balkans region, providing passengers with more opportunities for fast and comfortable travel,” said

The first Air Serbia ATR 72-600 aircraft, registered as YU-ALY, landed at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport on 27 January 2022, the second, YU-ALW, arrived on 14 May 2022, followed by the third, YU-ALX, on 14 July 2022. The fourth ATR 72-600, YU-ALZ, joined the Air Serbia fleet on 1 December 2022, while the fifth, YU-ASA, and sixth, YU-ASB, aircraft of the same type entered the fleet on 12 January and 23 June 2023, respectively. The seventh ATR, YU-ASD, joined the Air Serbia regional fleet on 8 September 2023.

10 October, 2022

Toki Air takes delivery of an ATR 72-600 to start its operations

The new Japanese airline will provide essential connectivity in Japan, with the most responsible regional aircraft on the market.

Toki Air takes delivery of an ATR 72-600 to start its operations Photo ATR

Regional aircraft maker ATR and Japanese airline Toki Air are celebrating the delivery of an ATR 72-600 via lessor NAC. Covered by a ten-year ATR Global Maintenance Agreement, the aircraft will support Toki Air’s mission of revitalising Niigata city and the surrounding regions of Japan. The carrier plans to start operations in 2023.

The fourth airline to operate ATR aircraft in Japan, Toki Air has chosen the name of an ancestral bird also called ‘Japanese crested ibis’, mainly living in Sado island. This is a symbol of the preservation of nature in Japan. It represents the airline’s commitment to connecting areas that coexist with nature, operating the lowest CO2 emissions and most fuel-efficient aircraft. The new ATR 72-600 sports a livery representing the spread wings of Toki.

Toki Air takes delivery of an ATR 72-600 to start its operations Photo ATR
Masaki Hasegawa, Representative Director of Toki Air, commented: “We are pleased to start operating our ATR 72-600 aircraft soon. Thanks to their unrivalled versatility and responsible and affordable performance, ATR aircraft are the ideal choice for us as an airline and for our country. This first aircraft will allow us to serve our higher purpose by providing a responsible and reliable air connection to the communities of the Niigata Prefecture and surrounding regions. We look forward to seeing Toki flying in the skies of Japan.”

ATR Chief Executive Officer, Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, added: “Our long-term relationship with NAC and the confidence of the lessors’ community in our aircraft allow new airlines such as Toki Air to offer their passengers the most modern and sustainable aircraft on the regional market. The support we will be able to provide through the ATR Global Maintenance Agreement will also ensure the most reliable and efficient services.”

Norman C.T. Liu, President & CEO of NAC, said: “We are pleased to welcome Toki Air as our newest customer. We wish all the team at Toki Air every success and look forward to a long-term, successful partnership.”

In countries committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preserving biodiversity such as Japan, ATR aircraft have proven to be successful: they connect communities and businesses across the archipelago in the most responsible way. There are currently 15 ATR aircraft flying across the country and ATR foresees a potential for 100 ATR aircraft in the medium term.
Toki Air takes delivery of an ATR 72-600 to start its operations Photo ATR

Toki Air takes delivery of an ATR 72-600 to start its operations Photo ATR

Toki Air takes delivery of an ATR 72-600 to start its operations Photo ATR

09 June, 2022

Universal Hydrogen and Connect Airlines announce firm order for conversion of 75 ATR 72-600 regional aircraft to be powered by green hydrogen

The agreement, which also includes purchase rights for 25 additional aircraft conversions, places Connect Airlines on a trajectory to be the world’s first zero-emission passenger airline....

At the UP.Summit, an annual gathering of leaders in air transport innovation hosted by venture capital firm UP.Partners, Universal Hydrogen Co. and Connect Airlines, a division of Waltzing Matilda Aviation, announced that the airline has placed a firm order to convert 75 ATR 72-600 regional aeroplanes to hydrogen powertrains, with purchase rights for an additional 25 conversions. Deliveries will start in 2025. The agreement follows an initial letter of intent (LOI) between the companies announced in 2021.

“We are building Connect Airlines from the ground up as a smarter, more sustainable travel option for North American travellers,” said John Thomas, CEO of Connect Airlines. “We have committed to being the world’s first true zero-emission airline and the only way to accomplish this in the near term is with hydrogen.”  

“This order places Connect firmly in the vanguard of the march to get aviation on a path to meeting Paris Agreement emissions targets,” said Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen. “This march will very soon need to turn into a sprint if the industry has any hope of decarbonizing in time without having to curtail the growth in passenger volumes. We will need to convert most of the regional fleet in the 2020s and ensure that the new narrowbody aircraft built in the 2030s are hydrogen-powered—there is no other way to get there.”

Photo ATR
In addition to a hydrogen conversion kit for the ATR 72-600, the most popular in-production regional turboprop on the market, Universal Hydrogen offers hydrogen fuel services to airports using a modular capsule technology that enables the transport and handling of hydrogen using the existing intermodal freight network and cargo handling equipment. This eliminates the need for costly and lengthy airport infrastructure upgrades and makes nearly every airport in the world hydrogen-ready. As part of today’s agreement, Universal Hydrogen will provide fuel services to the Connect fleet enabling operating unit economics that are equivalent to or better than those of hydrocarbon-powered ATR 72s from the very first delivery in 2025.

22 March, 2022

Silver Airways looking to hire more pilots......

Did you know that Silver Airways operates cargo flights for Amazon Prime? 

It is true, they do and the Florida based regional airline is currently recruiting First Officers and Direct Entry Captains for both cargo and passenger flights.

As part of its development and expansion plans Silver Airways will replace its Saab 340 operations in the Caribbean and continue to invest in more ATR aircraft - 10 more expected to arrive during 2022 and is looking to recruit up to 200 pilots.

Captain Charles Osborne commented, “Silver Airways is an amazing place to work. It has all the qualities for a bright future.”

As the North American launch customer of the newly redesigned and technologically advanced, customer-friendly ATR-600 series aircraft, Silver Airways offers passengers an unparalleled flying experience and reliability, and pilots enjoy the industry’s most advanced cockpit.  The new ATR-600 series features the latest innovations in cockpit technology with simplified, integrated LCD advanced functions, enhancing safety and improved handling for pilots, as well as the latest in avionics technology. The state-of-the-art, all-glass cockpit further reduces flight crew workload and enhances situational awareness while providing better reliability, maintenance cost savings and weight reduction.

Silver Airways Pilots......

Immediate Entry to the Left Seat – new-hire pilots with 1000 hours of 121 PIC will enter as Captain on day one
People + Packages – in addition to passenger service, Silver launched a new business venture to begin first-ever freighter operations in conjunction with Prime in November 2021
Fleet expansion – Silver continues to build its fleet of ATR-600 series aircraft with more on the way! 
Employer of choice - Silver offers the best of both worlds: a stable, future-focused career, and great quality of life 
Onward and upward - many Silver alums now fly for Atlas, Delta, jetBlue, Frontier, Spirit, FedEx and more 
Company Assets - Company-paid ATP/CTP Course, iPad, Known Crew Member, and parking in-base 
Crew bases – Our pilots are happy to call AFW (Amazon Air), and FLL, SJU, and TPA home base 
Starting First Officer pay and benefits:
$71.83 per flight hour
Signing Bonus: $17,000
Annual High Season Bonus: $4,000
Per Diem: $2.15 per hour
Minimum Daily Rate: 4 credit hours 
Minimum Monthly Guarantee: 75 credit hours
Deadhead Pay: 100%
401(k) with Company match 
Accrued Personal and Vacation time 
Holiday Pay: 150% multiplier 
Travel privileges with national and international air carriers 

10 April, 2021

U.S. regional airline Silver Airways to start flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

America’s independent regional airline Silver Airways has confirmed it will launch a new service from New Orleans, Louisiana to Jacksonville, Florida from 3rd June. 

 In addition to nonstop service between New Orleans, Louisiana and North Florida, this new route will also provide convenient and seamless connections to Silver’s extensive network throughout the Sunshine State, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and destinations domestically and worldwide through codeshare and interline ticketing partners. Silver serves more intra-Florida destinations than any other air carrier.

Silver Airways, operates the most routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas from its gateways in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa. Silver’s Caribbean network connects Puerto Rico with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Dominica and Santiago, Dominican Republic. Silver is a codeshare partner with United, JetBlue, American, Delta, Avianca and Copa Airlines, and has interline agreements with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Azul, Bahamasair, and Emirates. 

21 December, 2020

FedEx Express takes delivery of the first purpose-built regional ATR 72 Freighter

Delivering more than just cargo, FedEx fleet of new customised regional ATR freighter aircraft will help bring goods and services to communities around the world

FedEx Express, has taken delivery of the first-ever purpose-built turboprop regional freighter to the FedEx fleet. This follows the company’s 2017 signing of a firm order of 30 aircraft, with the option to purchase 20 more. The aircraft will arrive at Shannon Airport and will be operated by ASL Airlines Ireland, a FedEx ATR operator since 2000, as part of the FedEx Express Feeder fleet. This global fleet allows the company to provide fast, economical services to small and medium-sized business areas around the world.

The most fuel-efficient regional aircraft, the ATR turboprop is a popular choice for cargo and passenger operators committed to a more sustainable aviation industry for the future. ATR has extensive experience in the regional freighter market. There are currently around 130 converted ATR freighter aircraft in operation, representing one-third of the global regional freighter fleet, and this brand-new ATR 72-600F incorporates the benefits of this knowledge to provide FedEx with a freighter that conforms to needed requirements. With the changing market and the growth of e-commerce, the ATR is perfectly fit to connect communities and economies around the world.

25 July, 2020

East Midlands Airport says hello to Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional

Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will launch a new service from East Midlands Airport to Belfast City in October.

The three daily return flights will begin on 1 October. This will be the only service connecting EMA to Belfast and it will be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft.
The flight times allow for easy access to Belfast and Northern Ireland whether visiting for the day or for longer.
Following guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stobart Air, has implemented a number of enhanced health and safety measures to protect staff, crew and passengers. New measures include:
  • Enhanced aircraft cleaning: To ensure the wellbeing of our passengers and crew, enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures have been introduced for the aircraft cabin, which are in addition to the existing aircraft cleaning schedule. Each aircraft, including seats, armrests and tray tables will be subject to a daily disinfection process which provides surface protection from viruses for 24 hours.

  • On board measures: Face coverings or masks are mandatory on all flights operated by Stobart Air for customers and cabin crew respectively, with the exception of small children and those who are unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons. The face coverings can be in the form of a reusable cloth mask or a disposable mask and it is recommended that these are worn from the time passengers enter the departure airport to the time they leave their destination airport.

28 February, 2020

Silver Airways to start services to Charleston, South Carolina from three Floridan gateways

Silver Airways has confirmed this week that it will operate ATR72-600 services to Charleston, South Carolina from three Floridian gateways from 21st May.

The US regional carrier will instigate flights from Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa and in addition to nonstop service between Charleston and Florida, the new routes will also provide convenient connections to Silver’s extensive network throughout the Sunshine State, Bahamas and the Caribbean, as well as a variety of destinations throughout the U.S. through Silver’s codeshare and interline ticketing partners.
  • Orlando – Charleston:
    • Daily nonstop service.
    • The only nonstop travel option between Charleston and Central Florida.
    • Continuing service to Key West.
  • Fort Lauderdale – Charleston:
    • Four times weekly nonstop service will greatly enhance flight options to/from South Florida.
  • Tampa – Charleston:
    • Three times weekly nonstop service.
    • Silver will be the only airline operating this route.
"We are thrilled to introduce low fares and nonstop service between South Carolina’s most iconic city and three favorite Sunshine State destinations with Silver Airways’ safe, reliable and customer-friendly service,” said Silver Airways Senior Vice President Commercial and Finance Pedro Motta.

18 October, 2019

New Airline Riga-Stockholm: BRA World Premiere for Carbon Offsetted Flights for Everyone

BRAND NEW................Swedish Braathens Regional Airlines will open a new direct route from Riga International Airport to Stockholm City Airport Bromma, from 30 of March 2020. 

Flight are on sale now and fares start at just €60 including full carbon offset, beverages and a snack onboard. Braathens Regional Airlines is the only commercial airline in the world to include carbon offset for everyone in the ticket fare - at no extra charges.

It is the demand for sustainable international flights, followed by the flight shame in Sweden, that makes Braathens Regional Airlines expand into new, international markets.

23 December, 2018

Flame-outs in both engines of a Virgin Australia ATR72 investigated.

A Virgin Australia ATR72-600 seems to have suffered flameouts in both engines' although non-simultaneously on December 13th this year. The aircraft, registration VH-FVN, was operating the Sydney-Canberra route on 13 December during heavy rain the incident took place.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)  said it is investigating the 'serious' incident occurred  "While the aircraft was descending through 11,000ft in heavy rain, the right engine’s power rolled back (decreased) and the engine flamed out." the ATSB said.

© Chen Wanping
"The engine automatically re-started within five seconds. The descent continued and, while passing through 10,000 ft, the left engine’s power also rolled back and that engine flamed out before automatically relighting. The crew selected manual engine ignition for the remainder of the flight and the landing." According to the ATSB.

The remainder of the flight was uneventful and there were no reports of injuries to anyone on the aircraft, the investigation is ongoing. 

26 October, 2018

Manta Air to take delivery of two ATR 72-600s

The new Maldives airline will start flights with the latest generation ATRs

The new domestic airline in the Republic of Maldives, Manta Air, has secured its first two ATR72-600’s through Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) it was confirmed recently. The first aircraft will be introduced in November 2018, with the second planned to join Manta Air’s fleet before the end of the year. 

The aircraft will ensure improved connectivity between the beautiful Maldivian atolls and will be initially operating from the main Velana International Airport, to three airports: Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu atoll, Dharavandhoo in Baa atoll and Thimarafushi in Thaa atoll.  

Edward Alsford, Chief Operation Officer of Manta Air, declared, “Manta Air is an exciting new domestic airline based in the Republic of Maldives. Our mission is to make flying an enjoyable and effortless experience by ensuring the highest safety standards are established and maintained. We are introducing two brand new ATR72-600’s aircraft into the Maldives. This demonstrates Manta Air’s dedication to high standards, and our commitment offers the best levels of service for our passengers. These aircraft benefit from having the most modern and comfortable turboprop cabin. Manta Air has taken the unusual step of removing a row of seats to provide our passengers with additional legroom in both economy and business class.”

25 October, 2018

Lion Air to lease four ATR72-600s from Chorus Avaition

Lion Air is to get four new ATR72-600's from Chorus Aviation Inc leasing arm its been confirmed today. This transaction marks the second multi-aircraft leasing transaction in the fast-growing Southeast Asia region for Chorus who already lease 78 aircraft to 12 lessees in 12 countries in the region.  

The first of these new ATR aircraft for Lion Air is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the remaining three scheduled for delivery in the first and second quarters of 2019. It is anticipated that the aircraft will be operated by members of the Lion Air Group in Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Edward Sirait, Chief Executive Officer, Lion Air Group said, "We are delighted to start this new relationship with Chorus, as a lessor."

"We are very pleased to add Lion Air to our portfolio, expanding our global network of customers in line with Chorus' vision to deliver regional aviation to the world," said Steve Ridolfi, President, Chorus Aviation Capital.  "We are proud to have earned the trust of exceptional customers and continue to evaluate multiple opportunities as we expand our leasing business."

(Image ATR)

18 September, 2018

Three new Bombardier Q400s for Philippine Airlines from Chrous

Chorus Aviation from Canada has confirmed this week that is placing three Bombardier Q400 turboprops with Philippine Airlines on a long-term lease basis.  

The new Q400s are scheduled for delivery to Philippine Airlines during the latter part of this year and are the first leasing transactions in the fast-growing Southeast Asia region for the Halifax based Chorus Aviation.  The company's president, Steven Ridolfi said: "Philippine Airlines is a celebrated airline with a long and renowned history as the flag carrier of the Philippines, and we are very proud to count them amongst our customers."

PAL President & Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said, "We are very pleased to form this working partnership with Chorus Aviation Capital and we look forward to building business ties with them. By joining their growing portfolio of aircraft lessees, Philippine Airlines will be able to further grow its domestic market. New aircraft help us to build new air links and increase flight frequencies on routes that are vital to national commerce."

25 August, 2018

A milestone for ATR

Last month, European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR marked a major milestone in the company's history. It delivered the 1,000th ATR 72 aircraft. which was handed over to IndiGo, India’s number one national carrier. 

 The ATR 72 was officially launched in January 1986, with the first delivery taking place in October 1989 for the Finnish carrier, Finnair. The program was launched with the ATR 72-200 (187 deliveries) before the ATR 72-500 (365 deliveries) was introduced in 1997, with American Eagle. Our latest model, the ATR 72-600 (448 deliveries), was launched in 2009, and entered service with Royal Air Maroc in 2011.

For more than 30 years, the ongoing popularity of the ATR 72 with our clients and operators testifies to the quality of our aircraft, and the many innovations it has undergone over the decades. Its operational versatility, its eco-efficiency and its unparalleled profitability to date have made it possible, with the ATR 42, to open on average 100 new routes annually, with a record figure of more than 150 in 2017. The ATRs have made a powerful contribution to developing and consolidating regional connectivity around the world.

24 August, 2018

Mandarin Airlines ATR72 damaged in runway excursion

An investigation has begun into why an ATR72-600, registration B-16852, of Mandarin Airlines was severely damaged in a collision with runway lights after a runway excursion on 22nd August.

The Taiwanese Aviation Safety Council has retrieved both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder from the aircraft and is looking into exactly what caused the excursion.

There were 74 passengers and crew on flight AE788 from Magong to Taichung, which landed at around 1929 on Wednesday evening followed by the runway excursion. Local media are reporting that none of the passengers or crew was injured during the incident. 

Local weather reports indicate there were thunderstorms in the area of the airport on Wednesday evening, which may have played a part in the accident occurring. 

(Photo Aviation Safety Council)

23 July, 2018

ATR at Farnborough 2018

Hokkaido Air System Company, part of the JAL Group Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ATR for the purchase of two firm ATR 42-600s with an option for a third. 

It is planned that Hokkaido Air will begin operating these aircraft from 2020 to replace the airlines fleet of aging Saab 340's.  The carriers President, Yoichiro Kuwano said, “The ATR 42-600 benefits from a wide cabin, comparable to that of medium-sized aircraft and will significantly improve cabin comfort for our passengers. Also, the aircraft has extensive experience with operations in cold winter, which will increase the reliability of the operation in cold Hokkaido. With this new aircraft and the safe operation system we’ve established, we will continue to provide reliable and comfortable travel to local businesses and communities.”

11 April, 2018

Mandarin Airlines adds a Global Maintenance Agreement to its partnership with ATR

ATR and Mandarin Airlines, a regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines, have signed a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). This comprehensive support package covers the repair, overhaul and pooling services of Line Replaceable Units, along with a door-to-door service through which ATR is providing transportation of spares to the airline’s facilities.  
This GMA covers the entire ATR fleet of the Taiwanese carrier, consisting of nine ATR 72-600s. World’s leading turboprop manufacturer ATR hereby reaches a key milestone of more than 300 in-service aircraft under GMAs. Through ATR’s flagship maintenance offer, Mandarin Airlines will benefit from an a la carte pay-by-the-hour maintenance package, with a high level of flexibility that makes it possible to meet a wide range of specific needs, depending on the operator’s local resources, fleet and expected operations.

26 January, 2018

20 ATR aircraft for Silver Airways

ATR announces its first deal of 2018 which sees the introduction of the ATR -600 series in the US, to be operated by Silver Airways. The airline will introduce 20 ATR -600 aircraft into its fleet, of which 16 will be ATR 42-600s and four will be ATR 72-600s. This follows a deal between ATR and Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for the purchase of 15 ATR -600s, of which 12 will be ATR 42-600s and three will be ATR 72-600s. These aircraft, along with five from an existing order between ATR and NAC, will be leased to Silver Airways, making them the first operator of ATR -600 series aircraft in the US.

The aircraft order is also particularly significant given that it commemorates the 100th new aircraft order that NAC has placed with the world’s leading regional aircraft manufacturer. It is further testament to the lessor’s commitment to strengthening its position as the global leader in the regional aircraft leasing space.

The delivery and subsequent entry into service of the first -600 aircraft under the livery of Silver Airways will take place in March of this year. The aircraft, an ATR 42-600, will be configured with 46 seats in a 2-2 seating configuration, with a pitch of up to 32 inches. The remaining deliveries are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. Crew training will be conducted by ATR at its new training facility in Miami, which is home to a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for the ATR -600 series aircraft. 

18 December, 2017

ATR Delivering aircraft to the other side of the world!

Friday the 15th of December marked the delivery of the latest ATR 72-600 to Air Calédonie at the Final Assembly Line B in St Martin with VIPs from ATR, Air Calédonie and Pratt & Whitney in attendance. This is the latest delivery in a partnership that stretches back for over 30 years as this airline was one of our earliest customers. Since then, Air Calédonie have progressively expanded and upgraded their fleet and the evolution of this relationship is a true measure of the quality of our products.

Air Calédonie represents just one of many airlines who use their ATR fleets for inter-island operations. Our aircraft’s ability to take off and land from short and unpaved runways, as well as its unrivalled economics, make it particularly attractive to island operators. It is also the only regional turboprop to have received its ETOPS120 certification which allows it to fly for long distances on one engine, opening up new possibilities, in terms of routes, to many inter-island operators. These characteristics explain why our aircraft are so popular with airlines in France’s Outre Mer as well as those flying island routes in Indonesia, the Caribbean, the Canary Isles and all over the world. This versatility once again illustrates why the ATR -600 series aircraft are the market leaders in Regional Aviation.

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25 November, 2017

Mandarin Airlines takes delivery of its first sexy sleek shiny ATR72-600

European aircraft manufacturer ATR yesterday delivered the first of the nine ATR 72-600s to Mandarin Airlines. The ATR 72-600 will bring the regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines the highest standards of comfort alongside unbeatable economics. With the aircraft servicing its domestic routes Mandarin Airlines will benefit from the introduction of the market leading, versatile turboprop, allowing it to offer passengers a modern cabin with affordable prices. The ATR -600 series is a proven route opener, creating on average 100 new routes every year worldwide, and the aircraft will contribute to the expansion of regional connectivity across the island.

Besides the contract for the aircraft, ATR is also willing to provide engineering and technical support to China Airlines and its subsidiaries to set-up in-house capabilities for ATR heavy maintenance, up to C-checks.