16 DECEMBER 2013
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On Monday 2 December Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, celebrated the inaugural take-off of its very first ATR 72-600.
The aircraft took to the sky from Denpasar (Bali) at 08.00 in the presence of the management teams of the airline and ATR and went on to land at the airports of Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara province) and Bima (West Nusa Tenggara province), where it was welcomed and visited by local authorities and media. The aircraft is the first of 25 aircraft ordered earlier in 2013 – along with then options – and forms part of a joint agreement between the airline, ATR and the Danish leasing firm Nordic Aviation Capital.
Garuda’s scheduled operations with the new aircraft began on 3 December with flights scheduled from Bali to Labuan Bajo and Ende, and from Bali to Bima and Mataram. Passengers will benefit from a stylish new interior created by Italian designer Giugiaro, featuring the most advanced standards of comfort and technologies.
The ATR 72-600 is said to burn up to 50% less fuel than other equivalent-sized regional aircraft and this is one of the main reasons why ATR has received orders for more than 170 airframes to date. www.garuda-indonesia.com
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