Air France’s regional subsidiary Hop! has taken delivery of the first of five new ATR 72-600 turboprops it has agreed to lease from Danish lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC).
The new aircraft joins Hop!’s 24-strong existing fleet of ATR turboprop regional airliners and is expected to make its first commercial flight imminently.
Hop!’s four remaining leased new ATR 72-600s are expected to be delivered before the end of this year.
The five ATR 72-600s will gradually replace ATR 72-500s in HOP!’s fleet, as part of the carrier’s long-term strategy aiming at fleet modernization and network improvements.
Hop!’s new ATR 72-600 seats 72 passengers and is adorned with a new Hop! Air France livery.
“These new-generation turboprops are perfectly adapted to many of our existing and potential routes,” says Lionel Guerin, vice president senior executive of Hop! Air France.
“By renewing our fleet, we hope to provide travelers with more frequent rapid and direct flights, better schedules and competitive fares, while contributing to the economic growth of the regions served,” adds Guerin. “That is exactly what the ATR -600 aircraft allows the airline to achieve.”
“NAC has developed a strong working relationship with HOP! over the last ten years and we look forward to building and strengthening our partnership with them in the coming years,” says Martin Møller, chairman of Nordic Aviation Capital.
Today, more than 60 European airlines fly more than 260 ATR turboprops. According to ATR, this figure represents 30 per cent of all regional airliners with fewer than 90 seats in operation in the region.
Hop! is a regional airline subsidiary of Air France, operating daily flights to French and European destinations. Its fleet is composed of Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer and ATR aircraft.
The French regional carrier operates 600 flights a day to 50 destinations, with a fleet of 96 aircraft. Hop!’s fleet includes a wide range of aircraft types, the smallest of which have 48 seats and the largest 212 seats.
Hop! offers one-way tickets from 49€ and carries 13 million passengers per year. It will operate 130 routes by summer 2015, include flights from Paris Orly Airport to four “Navette route” destinations in southern France: Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse.
The carrier operates 27 routes from Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (IATA code LYS) and 20 routes from Paris Orly Airport.