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The new deal includes firm orders for 25 ATR 72-600 aircraft and options for 10 more. The order, including the options, is valued at more than $840 million.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Russia’s NordStar Airlines has added firm orders for another three aircraft to its earlier order for two ATR 42-600s, increasing its firm order to five aircraft while keeping previously taken options on an additional two ATR 42-600s.

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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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Along with two other ATR 42-500s yet to be delivered, the aircraft delivered on October 11 will enable the airline to develop public-service routes across the country. With its new ATR 42-500s TAME will bring air connections to remote areas of Ecuador, while feeding main national airports at Quito and Guayaquil.

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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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