Air Lease Corporation 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.

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The deal appears actually to represent HGI Aircraft Division taking over an identical transaction originally announced by Passaredo itself on May 22, 2012, when it took delivery of the first of four new ATR 72-600 regional airliners leased from Air Lease Corporation.

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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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This aircraft, the first ATR regional airliner in LIAT’s fleet, is an ATR 72-600 which the airline is leasing from GE Capital Aviation Services. LIAT will introduce a total of eight ATRs (four 68-seat ATR 72-600s and four 48-seat ATR 42-600s) into its fleet.

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Mexican regional carrier Aeromar has taken delivery of the first of two ATR 72-600 turborop regional airliners the airline is taking on long-term lease from Air Lease Corporation. The delivery sees Aeromar become the first operator of the new ATR 600-series aircraft in Central America.

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A newly formed holding company owned by Lawrence J. Ellison, the third-richest U.S. citizen, has bought Hawaiian regional airline Island Air.

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Malaysia Airlines has signed a firm order for 20 ATR 72-600s and optioned 16 additional aircraft, in a deal which ATR values at more than US$840 million if the carrier firms up all its options.

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The airline is about to start operating a new ATR 72-600 which was delivered to U.S.-based lessor GECAS, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing subsidiary of General Electric, and GECAS is leasing the aircraft to Villa Air FlyMe.

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Danish finance and leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital is providing financing for Air KBZ’s acquisition of the ATR 72-600, plus another due for delivery to the airline in June.

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InterSky’s first ATR 72-600 is also the first ATR aircraft to fly in the livery of an Austrian airline. A second ATR 72-600 ordered by InterSky is scheduled for delivery in March.

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The order brings to 20 the total number of ATR turboprop regional airliners ordered by Singapore-based Avation PLC since early 2011. In addition, Avation holds options and purchase rights on a number of additional aircraft.

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Toulouse-based manufacturer ATR values the deal for the regional airliners, including the options, at close to $700 million. Deliveries of the firmly ordered aircraft will start in June 2013.

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Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600, which is painted in a striking all-black livery featuring New Zealand’s national fern emblem, as part of the airline’s support for New Zealand’s famous national rugby union team, the All Blacks.

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New Japanese regional carrier Link will introduce the first ATR regional airliners to fly in Japan, one of the last few Asian countries where ATR turboprops are not yet operating.

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The aircraft, which bears the registration B-17001, was delivered on September 27 at ATR’s assembly line in Toulouse to Taiwan-based UNI Air, a regional subsidiary of EVA Air.

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InterSky will introduce the first of the 70-seat ATR 72-600s in December, with the second one following in March 2013. These aircraft will become the first ATR aircraft to be operated by an Austrian carrier.

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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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At the delivery ceremony for the first of four ATR 72-600s leased from Air Lease Corporation, Passaredo revealed it had ordered 10 more ATR 72-600s directly from ATR and had taken options on 10 more. In addition to its ATR 72-600s, Passaredo will also take two leased ATR 72-500s this year.

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