In a deal announced by ATR at the Paris Air Show, Air Lease Corporation has ordered five more ATR 72-600 regional airliners.
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has purchased ATR turboprops every year since its first order for 10 aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2010. The company’s latest order will bring ALC’s ATR fleet to 21 aircraft.
Since ALC’s first order three years ago, ATR has received firm orders for nearly 110 aircraft from leasing companies. The manufacturer says these orders represent approximately one quarter of its total orders for the period.
According to ATR, leasing companies have become increasingly interested in the popularity of ATR regional airliners, whcih are operated by more than 180 operators worldwide.
Since 2010, claims the manufacturer, ATR 72-600 turboprops have accounted for three quarters of all regional aircraft with up to 90 seats purchased by all lessors worldwide.
“ATR aircraft are fuel-efficient, offer operational flexibility, and are equipped with comfortable cabins for their passengers,” says Steven Udvar-Hazy, chairman and chief executive officer of Air Lease Corporation.
“These advantages allow the 180 worldwide operators to increase economic and environmental efficiency when flying shorter routes,” adds Udvar-Hazy. “This aircraft has been [a] great fit for a number of our regional airline customers.”
The ATR 72-600 seats from 68 to 74 passengers. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M turboprops each providing 2,750 shaft horsepower of maximum take-off power, the
ATR 72-600’s maximum take-off weight is 23,000kg (50,706lb).
Offering a maximum payload of 7,500kg (16,534lb), the ATR 72-600 has a maximum range of 900 nautical miles (1,665 kilometers) when fully loaded.