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...

Singapore-based lessor Avation PLC has placed a firm order for seven more ATR 72-600 turboprops, in a deal which the manufacturer values at more than $160 million.

The order brings to 20 the total number of ATR turboprop regional airliners ordered by Avation PLC since early 2011. In addition, Avation holds options and purchase rights on a number of additional aircraft.

During pre-certification flight-testing, an ATR 72-600 takes off from Lugano Airport in southern Switzerland. Lugano is often used for certification flight-testing because it has a relatively short runway and the mountainous terrain surrounding the city and airport requires a steep approach and climb-out and precise navigation


ATR has already delivered Avation’s first seven ordered aircraft to the company, which is leasing them to Australia’s SkyWest Airlines. SkyWest Airlines operates its ATR aircraft (a mix of ATR 72-500 and ATR 72-600 turboprops) on routes in Virgin Australia’s domestic network.

“We are pleased with the outstanding performance and commercial results that our ATR aircraft are already providing us,” says Jeff Chatfield, chairman and founding director of Avation PLC. “We are glad to reinforce our partnership with ATR with this order for additional aircraft.

“These new ATR 72-600s will further help our customers expand regional air connectivity, while providing the highest standards of comfort and economy to their passengers,” adds Chatfield.

The ATR 72-600 is the new, upgraded version of ATR’s high-selling ATR 72 70-seat turboprop


“The first Avation order allowed ATR to develop its presence in the important Australian market,” says Filippo Bagnato, CEO of ATR. “The ATR 72-600 has become the new reference of regional aviation and is experiencing outstanding success in Asia and the South Pacific. The ATR 72-600s are the right solution for replacing jets and for market development on shorter regional routes for direct service between small and medium-sized destinations as well as to feed main hubs.”

Seating from 68 to 74 passengers depending on the cabin configuration installed, the ATR 72-600 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M turboprop engines, each delivering 2,750 shaft horse power of maximum power at take-off.

The ATR 72-600’s maximum weight at take-off is 23,000 kilograms (50,706lb) and its maximum payload is 7,500kg (16,535lb). The aircraft’s maximum range with a full passenger load is 900 nautical miles (1,665 kilometers).