Algiers-based Air Algérie ordered three ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners earlier this year and the aircraft delivered on December 22 is the first of these aircraft.

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According to ATR, Binter Canarias’ order for six ATR 72-600 turboprops signals the start of the carrier’s renewal of its current fleet of 18 ATR 72-200s and ATR 72-500s.

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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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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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