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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Once the aircraft are delivered, Wings Air will become the largest operator of ATR aircraft in the world, with a total fleet of 60 aircraft – 20 ATR 72-500s and 40 ATR 72-600s.

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From January 31, American Eagle is replacing all of its ATR 72 turboprops now operating from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The move will mean 14 markets throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas receiving all-jet service.

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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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Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC has ordered five more ATR 72-600 regional turboprops for Australia’s Skywest Airlines, which will operate the aircraft on a range of Australian domestic routes on behalf of Virgin Australia.

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Port-of-Spain-based Caribbean Airlines, which becomes one of the first operators of the new ATR -600 series, placed an order earlier this year for nine ATR 72-600s.

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Los Angeles-based lessor Air Lease Corporation has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliner, which is to be leased by Brazilian carrier TRIP Linhas Aéreas.

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Subject to a final contract being signed, manufacturer ATR Regional Aircraft values the Air New Zealand deal at more than $270 million at list prices, including the optioned aircraft. Air New Zealand will receive its first 68-seat ATR72-600 in October 2012, with deliveries continuing to 2016.

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The inaugural flight of Virgin Australia’s first turboprop – and Australia ’s first ATR 72 – was also the airline’s first flight from Brisbane to the regional industrial city of Gladstone in Queensland. Virgin Australia flight DJ1711 departed Brisbane at 10.30 a.m. local time on October 17.

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European regional-turboprop manufacturer ATR has added two more new-order deals for its aircraft and converted a third existing commitment into a firm order, cementing a new annual ATR sales record in the process.

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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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The deal was announced by regional turboprop manufacturer ATR and NAC at the Paris Airshow on June 22. Including the options, ATR values NAC’s order at ome $450 million.

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The deal represents the conversion into firm orders of 10 of the 20 options inked in the contract that Azul and European turboprop manufacturer ATR announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2010.

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Regional-turboprop manufacturer ATR, a joint venture between EADS and Alenia Aeronautica, values the deal at approximately $680 million at list prices, assuming GECAS firms up all its options.

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With the delivery of the new 20 ATR 72-500s, UTair will become the largest operator of ATR aircraft in Europe, with 37 in its fleet.

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On its fuselage, the aircraft promotes FEMAMA, a Brazilian non-profit organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. In addition, ATR and its suppliers involved in delivery of the aircraft will contribute funds for the Toulouse Cancer Campus.

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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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American Eagle Airlines is launching nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Missouri beginning February 10, 2011.

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American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, has begun operating four daily round-trips between New York LaGuardia Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Eagle has also begun twice-daily nonstop service between Miami International Airport and Gainesville Regional Airport in Gainesville, Florida

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