Russia ’s Taimyr Airlines (which does business as NordStar Airlines) has taken delivery of its first ATR 42-500 turboprop regional airliner from a firm...

Russia ’s Taimyr Airlines (which does business as NordStar Airlines) has taken delivery of its first ATR 42-500 turboprop regional airliner from a firm order for four aircraft and three options that NordStar placed in 2010.

NordStar’s Krasnoyarsk-based ATR 42-500s will fly to new regional destinations within Krasnoyarsk Region as well as to destinations such as Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ekaterinburg.

The airline’s 46-seat ATR 42-500s, equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines, will be fitted with additional features to facilitate cold-weather, remote-territory operations in Siberia and the Russian Far North. Additional features on the aircraft will include ETOPS 120 minutes capability, operations down to -45° Centigrade and special fuselage protection.

Russia's Taimyr Airlines (which does business as NordStar Airlines) has ordered four ATR 42-500s and taken options on three more to replace Antonov An-24s from a base at Krasnoyarsk in Siberia

“After evaluating the range of available options for our new operations out of Krasnoyarsk, we have selected the ATR 42-500 to complement our Boeing 737NG fleet as it is the best suited for operations in the tough climatic conditions and airport infrastructure of Siberia and Russian Far North,” says Kirill Buryy, general director of NordStar Airlines.

“Our new ATR 42-500 will allow us to operate a highly reliable service with the lowest operating costs of its category,” adds Buryy. “The ATR 42-500 will burn 40 per cent  less fuel than the An-24s currently in operation within Krasnoyarsk region while cutting flight time. With the introduction of this new aircraft, NordStar Airlines will offer Krasnoyarsk Region residents new air travel options at the highest standard of safety and comfort but at affordable fares.”

“We are proud that one of the most dynamic and innovative Russian carriers, NordStar Airlines, has selected the ATR 42-500 as backbone of their new regional fleet,” says Filippo Bagnato, chief executive officer of ATR. “Our aircraft has the level of performance, reliability and economic efficiency that are needed for NordStar Airlines to achieve its ambitious goals. We also look forward to further develop the ATR fleet in the high-growth Russian Federation market, one of the most promising in the world.”

NordStar Airlines is an aviation project of Russian metal company Norilsk Nickel. One of the main tasks of the carrier is to provide effective, qualitative and available air communication linking Krasnoyarsk and Norilsk and the biggest cities of Russia . The carrier operates its flights with a fleet of Boeing 737NGs as well as with its new ATR 42-500 fleet.

Formed in 1981, ATR has sold more than 1,000 aircraft and has 165 operators in 90 countries. ATR operators have accumulated more than 20 million flights. ATR is a joint venture and equal partnership between European aerospace companies Alenia Aeronautica (a Finmeccanica company) and EADS. Its headquarters are in Toulouse, France.