Russia’s NordStar Airlines has added firm orders for another three aircraft to its earlier order for ATR 42-600s.
NordStar had announced in September a firm order for two ATR 42-600 regional airliners and options on two more. The Russian carrier has now increased its firm order to five aircraft and kept options on an additional two ATR 42-600s.
Manufacturer ATR values the seven aircraft at $132 million at list prices.
The Russian airline’s ATR 42-600 orders follow an order in 2010 from NordStar for four ATR 42-500s, along with options on three more.
NordStar Airlines will become the first operator of new ATR’s new ‘-600 series’ aircraft in the Russian Federation . NordStar already operates four ATR 42-500s (the aircraft it ordered in 2010). With the introduction of the five firm ATR 42-600s, NordStar will bring to nine aircraft its fleet of ATR regional turboprops.
“We have been operating four new ATR 42-500s since May 2011 and the aircraft have fully met our expectations in the difficult operating environment of Krasnoyarsk Region and Russia ’s Far North,” says Kirrill Buryy, general director of NordStar Airlines. “They have become very popular among our passengers.”
Adds Buryy: “With the arrival of the new ATR 42-600s, we will further expand our travel offer, with new routes and additional frequencies within the Krasnoyarsk region. The new ATR -600’s ‘Armonia’ cabin will also provide our passengers with even higher standards of comfort, including new slim seats, additional legroom and larger overhead bins.”
Filippo Bagnato, ATR’s chief executive officer, notes “the renewal of the confidence of NordStar, one of the fastest growing airlines in Russia , after only a few months operating ATRs. We are pleased to introduce the new ATR -600s in Russia , which is a very dynamic market with a huge potential for the expansion of regional aviation with the most modern turboprops,”
Nordstar’s additional firm order for three ATR 42-600s brings to 148 aircraft ATR’s total firm sales since the beginning of the year. ATR has also booked options for 72 additional aircraft since January 1, 2011.
Carriers in Russia and CIS countries currently operate a total of 38 ATR aircraft and have another 15 on firm order.
The ATR 42-600 seats 46 to 50 passengers and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M turboprop engines, each delivering 2,160 shaft horsepower of maximum take-off power.
Its maximum gross take-off weight is 18,600kg (41,006lb) and the ATR 42-600’s maximum payload is 5,500kg (12,125lb). The aircraft’s maximum range with a full passenger load is 801 nautical miles (1,483 kilometers).
NordStar Airlines is owned by Russian metal company Norilsk Nickel. One of the main tasks of the carrier is to provide efficient, reliable and high-quality air service between Krasnoyarsk and the biggest cities of Russia, as well as within the Krasnoyarsk Region territory. The carrier operates its services with a fleet of nine Boeing 737NGs and (soon) up to 14 ATR 42s.
For more information on NordStar Airlines, visit www.nordstar.su.
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