When all 15 newly ordered aircraft have been delivered, by 2020, Air New Zealand will operate 29 ATR 72-600s. This will be the third-largest fleet of ATR aircraft worldwide, according to ATR.

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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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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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