ATR

Deliveries of UNI Air’s ATR 72-600s are scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2012. UNI Air will use its new ATR-600s to replace eight Bombardier Dash 8-300s now in its fleet and for service and route growth.

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Together with its existing fleet of 33 ATR turboprops, TRIP’s new deals for 18 ATR 72-600s will make it the largest operator of ATR turboprops in the world, with a fleet of 51. TRIP has also optioned 22 additional ATR 72-600s.

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Turboprop regional-aircraft manufacturer ATR has delivered the first two ATR 72-600s, celebrating the deliveries to Royal Air Maroc at ATR’s Toulouse final assembly line with a delegation from the airline.

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Australian carrier Skywest Airlines has taken delivery of the first of at least eight new ATR 72s, the aircraft becoming the first ATR 72 to operate in Australia. Skywest will operate its new ATR fleet on behalf of Virgin Australia to create a regional-airline network for the larger carrier.

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Israir will use this and another ATR 72-500 it has ordered to increase its capacity and service frequency on its main domestic route from Tel Aviv Sde Dov Airport to the Red Sea resort of Eilat.

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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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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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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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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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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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