Mexican regional carrier Aeromar has taken delivery of the first of two ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners the airline is taking on long-term lease from Air Lease Corporation.
The delivery sees Aeromar become the first operator of ATR 600-series regional airliners in Central America.
Aeromar is a long-standing ATR customer, already counting 10 ATR 42-500s and four ATR 42-320s in its fleet.
Its newly acquired 68-seat ATR 72-600 turboprops will replace the smaller ATR 42-320s, allowing the airline to boost service to existing destinations it already serves from Mexico City, including airports in smaller cities such as Poza Rica, San Luis Potosi and Ciudad Victoria.
Aeromar believes the market is ripe for a bigger turboprop aircraft and that Mexico’s airline industry needs the improved productivity that the ATR 72-600 can provide, according to ATR.
“Following the leasing of the new ATR aircraft, Aeromar seeks to maintain its fleet [as] one of the freshest among the Latin American airlines,” said Fabricio Cojuc, Aeromar’s executive vice president.
“By renewing our fleet, we are aiming at more efficient operations. ATR 72-600s offers superior passenger capacity compared to the smaller aircraft models and lower fuel consumption per seat,” added Cojuc. “In addition, they are very reliable and that should help with punctuality.”
ATR has more than 160 aircraft flying in the livery of 30 operators in the Latin American region, including 14 aircraft being operated in Mexico (all by Aeromar).
Established in January 1987 as Transportes Aeromar, Aeromar operates scheduled services linking Mexican domestic destinations, and international services to the United States. Aeromar is based at Mexico City’s Benito Juárez Internacional and currently serves 22 airports.
Aeromar is the second-largest regional airline in Mexico in terms of daily flights, after Aeromexico Connect. For more information, visit Aeromar’s website at www.aeromar.com.mx.