6 MAY 2013
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Flying as Aer Lingus Regional, Aer Arann has taken delivery of its initial ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. The aircraft is the first of eight of the latest variant on the ATR, which first flew in 1984. Currently the order book for ATR, whose assembly plant is part of the Airbus complex at Toulouse, stretches out to 1,260 units.
The eight brand new 72-seat planes will replace the older existing fleet of smaller ATR 72-200s and ATR 42-300s. With three ATR 72-500s currently in service the new planes will bring to 11 the total fleet of ATRs operated by Aer Arann.
On Friday (10 May) the new ATR is expected to take part in events to celebrate the first anniversary of the airline's successful three times daily Southend to Dublin route.
Commenting on the deal, Sean Brogan, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Aer Arann, declared: “We are delighted to be partnering again with ATR. Regional traffic is substantially developing and we aim to upgrade our regional aircraft fleet with the new ATR -600s. These aircraft offer high economic efficiency, optimum performance and exceptional passenger comfort. We are convinced that these new airplanes will bring very interesting business opportunities, while further developing air traffic in the region”. www.aerarann.com
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