Turboprop regional airliner manufacturer ATR has announced Paris Air Show orders on June 17 from two more customers, for a total of eight aircraft.
Bahamasair, the national flag carrier of The Bahamas, has placed a firm order for two ATR 72-600s and three ATR 42-600s, becoming a new ATR customer in the process.
Meanwhile, existing ATR customer Air Madagascar has ordered three ATR 72-600s.
Bahamasair’s first ATR turboprops will be delivered before the end of 2015, according to the manufacturer. The ATR turboprops will replace five 50-seat Bombardier Dash 8-300s in Bahamasair’s fleet.
The airline will operate each of its ATR 72-600s in 70-seat configuration and according to ATR these aircraft will bolster and complement the airline’s current Boeing 737 fleet on regional routes to U.S. and Caribbean destinations.
ATR also says that Bahamasair’s 50-seat ATR 42-600s will be very well adapted to serve its routes connecting many of the islands in The Bahamas and that the family commonality between the ATR 42s and ATR 72s will represent a clear advantage for the airline.
“The choice of ATR -600 aircraft family is a strategic one for us,” says Henry Woods, chief executive officer of Bahamasair. As we look to introduce a modern and fuel-efficient aircraft into our fleet, with its proven economics, reliability and passenger comfort, we have found the ATR-600 product family to perfectly support our plans to modernize our fleet providing a reliable service to our passengers.”
According to ATR, its turboprop regional airliners already successfully fly in many island environments, including the Caribbean, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, the Philippines, the Canary Islands, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Air Madagascar has been an operator of ATR aircraft for nearly 20 years
According to ATR, Air Madagascar will use the three ATR 72-600s it has ordered and two others it has agreed to lease both to renew its ATR fleet (which currently consists of one ATR 42-500 and two ATR 72-500s) and also to increase significantly the number of seats it offers on its main domestic routes.