Alliance Air, which also operates under the name Air India Regional, is due to receive five new ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners on lease from Singapore-based leasing firm Avation by July 2015.

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Nadi-based Fiji Link has acquired the aircraft on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC. Fiji Link will base its new ATR 72-600 at Nausori International Airport near Fiji’s capital Suva.

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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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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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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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