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Article from BTNews 26 SEPTEMBER 2016

ATR gets 78 seats

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest airline, has taken delivery of the very first ATR 72-600 High Capacity.  Configured with 78 seats, this brand new option of the ATR 72 increases capacity by 10 compared to the standard configuration of the aircraft. 

ATR began 2016 with a backlog of 260 aircraft, valued at some US$6.6bn, which guarantees almost three years of production.  Since the beginning of the programme in 1988 ATR has received firm orders for 1,538 aircraft and has delivered 1,278.

CEB will progressively replace its current fleet of eight ATR 72-500s – which are configured with 72 seats – with a fleet of 16 new ATR 72-600s, with 78 seats. CEB signed for 16 ATR 72-600 plus options for 10 additional aircraft, which will be operated by Cebgo, its wholly owned subsidiary. Deliveries of the ATR 72-600s will run until 2020.

Patrick de Castelbajac, CEO of ATR, commented: “We are convinced that the new high capacity option of the ATR 72-600 will play a significant role in the expansion of regional air connectivity across South-East Asia. This new maximum capacity configuration, using new optimized seats, is providing the best possible answer to the continuous increase of traffic on regional routes in Asia.” 

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