A prerequisite for the aircraft’s entry into service, the certification by EASA (the aviation-safety authority responsible for certificating all aircraft managed in its member countries) covers the new equipment on the aircraft. Flight testing on the aircraft began in the summer of 2009.

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The deal follows a Memorandum of Understanding announced in September 2010 and will make the airline a new operator of ATR regional aircraft. Deliveries of ATR 72-600s to Caribbean Airlines will start in October 2011.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Caribbean Airlines has ordered nine ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners in a $200 million deal, becoming a new ATR customer and operator in the process.

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Turboprop regional-airliner manufacturer Avions de Transport Régional has announced a clutch of orders for its new ATR 72-600 and its existing ATR 72-500 turboprop models, both of which seat up to 70 passengers.

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