Bahamasair, the national flag carrier of the Bahamas, has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600. The airline placed an order for two ATR 72-600s and three ATR 42-600s at the Paris Air Show in June 2015.

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Bahamasair has placed a firm order for two ATR 72-600s and three ATR 42-600s, becoming a new ATR customer in the process. Meanwhile, existing ATR customer Air Madagascar has ordered three ATR 72-600s.

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Turboprop regional airliner manufacturer ATR has announced firm orders for a total of 14 aircraft from two customers on the first day of the Paris Air Show 2015, one of the customers also securing commitments on 15 additional ATR turboprops.

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Announcing the Nordic Aviation Capital order for ATR 42-600 turboprops on July 14 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, ATR said it valued the potentially 75-aircraft deal at more than $1.55 billion at list prices.

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The aircraft represents the first ATR 600-Series turboprop delivered to Air Tahiti from its firm orders for three ATR 42-600s and four ATR 72-600s, which Air Tahiti ordered in two separate deals in August 2010 and December 2012.

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Two days after it announced it had agreed to lease up to 35 new ATR 72-600 turboprops to Garuda Indonesia, Nordic Aviation Capital has ordered 15 more ATR turboprops and optioned another 25. The new deal has increased the lessor’s total commitments for new ATR aircraft in recent months to 130 aircraft.

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The deal, announced at the Paris Air Show 2013 on June 18, includes firm orders for 30 ATR 72-600 turboprops and five ATR 42-600s and options on another 55 aircraft.

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The ATR 42-600 is also the airline’s first new ATR “-600” series aircraft out of five (four ATR 42-600s and one ATR 72-600) that Precision Air Services ordered in December 2011.

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Island Air, a regional carrier in Hawaii, has signed a letter of intent to lease five ATR 42 turboprop regional airliners. Honolulu-based Island Air signed the lease agreement with Chicago’s Aerway Leasing, LLC.

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Hawaiian inter-island carrier Island Air is embarking on an image and brand overhaul to accompany the replacement of its existing fleet of Bombardier Dash 8-100 and Dash 8-200 turboprops with ATR 72s and ATR 42s, which begins in August.

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On July 11, regional airliner-manufacturer ATR announced orders at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 13 of the Toulouse-based manufacturer’s 600-series turboprop airliners.

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The delivery of the 1,000th aircraft, which is configured for 72 passengers and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M turboprop engines, took place at ATR’s assembly line in Toulouse in an event attended by many aerospace-industry leaders.

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Regional-turboprop manufacturer ATR values the deal at $98 million. Delivery of the 50-seat ATR 42-600s will start in late 2012. The 68-seat ATR 72-600 will be delivered in 2014.

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The companies will create a new joint venture called Flybe Nordic AB, to be 60 per cent-owned by Flybe and 40 per cent-owned by Finnair, to own Finncomm Airlines. The intention of Finnair and Flybe is to develop the joint venture to become the leading regional airline for all the Nordic and Baltic countries.

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Ecuador’s national flag carrier TAME has signed a contract to order three new ATR 42-500 regional turboprop airliners, in a deal which ATR values at $54 million.

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Russia ’s Taimyr Airlines (which does business as NordStar Airlines) has taken delivery of its first ATR 42-500 turboprop regional airliner from a firm order for four aircraft and three options that NordStar placed in 2010.

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