United is planning new flights to Latin America from Chicago and Washington, D.C. The carrier is also planning to launch new services to Canada from Denver, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as additional domestic routes from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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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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The deal represents the largest and most prestigious order yet for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet family, coming as it does from the world’s largest regional airline holding company.

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Silver Airways, which claims to offer more flights to more cities within Florida than any other carrier, is boosting its intra-Florida network by launching daily Fort Lauderdale-Orlando and West Palm Beach-Tampa services on January 7.

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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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Starting in February, Seaborne Airlines will introduce 34-seat Saab 340 turboprops on select flights to Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix from Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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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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United plans to offer five-times-weekly seasonal service between Chicago O’Hare and Shannon Airport in Ireland from June 6 to August 26, 2013. The airline will also begin operating a third daily service between Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport and London Heathrow from March 30.

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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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Silver Airways has begun selling tickets for new scheduled services starting on October 1 from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Greenville, Tupelo, Hattiesburg-Laurel and Meridian in Mississippi, as well as Muscle Shoals in Alabama.

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Ulaanbaatar-based Eznis Airways acquired the Bombardier Q400 through Nordic Aviation Capital, the Denmark-based leasing company.

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The United Express flights will be operated by ExpressJet using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets, with the twice-daily Nashville service beginning on December 19 and the daily Oklahoma City service beginning on February 14.

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Island Air, a regional carrier in Hawaii, has signed a letter of intent to lease five ATR 42 turboprop regional airliners. Honolulu-based Island Air signed the lease agreement with Chicago’s Aerway Leasing, LLC.

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Warsaw-based Eurolot has converted options on six Bombardier Q400 NextGen regional airliners to a firm order that will increase its fleet of the type to 14 aircraft.

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American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will begin daily round-trip jet service on November 15 between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and the city of Puebla in Mexico.

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SkyWest, Inc. has reached agreement with Delta Air Lines on a deal which provides SkyWest with 34 more dual-class regional jets and calls for early termination of its Delta Connection operating contracts for 66 single-class Bombardier CRJ200s.

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As previously announced, and based on the list price of the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order contract at approximately US$264 million. This could increase to approximately US$491 million should the airline convert its five options to firm orders.

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