Spain’s Binter Canarias has signed a firm order for six ATR 72-600 turboprops, in a deal which ATR values at almost US$150 million at list prices.
ATR announced Binter Canarias’ order for ATR 72-600s on February 11, the first day of the Singapore Airshow 2014.
According to ATR, Binter Canarias’ order for six ATR 72-600 turboprops signals the start of the carrier’s renewal of its current fleet of 18 ATR 72-200s and ATR 72-500s.
Along with two franchisee regional airlines, NAYSA and Canarias Airlines, Gran Canarias-based Binter Canarias has been operating its ATR 72 fleet on the Canary Islands inter-island network for many years.
Binter Canarias is a long-standing operator of ATR turboprop regional airliners, introducing its first ATR aircraft in the late 1980s.
Introduction of the new ATR 72-600s on the Binter Canarias network will begin in 2015.
According to the manufacturer, the ATR aircraft family features unrivaled performance on very short-haul routes and at small runways, such as those of the smaller airports in the Canary Islands.
ATR aircraft are also operated at many other archipelagos all over the world, such as between the islands in the Caribbean and in French Polynesia.
Formed in 1988, Binter Canarias starting operating its first ATR in 1989 on the Canary Islands inter-island network.
The airline was originally owned by Spain’s flag carrier Iberia, which at the time used its ‘IB’ flight code in a stylized form for its tail logo. This stylized ‘IB’ logo, which looked like a ‘B’ with a thick upward stroke, essentially led to the Canaries’ regional carrier being known as ‘Binter Canarias’: initially, its name actually meant ‘IB Inter Canarias’.
Binter Canarias was purchased in 2002 by a local group of entrepreneurs. The 18 ATRs operated by Binter Canarias and its two franchisees represent one of the largest fleet of ATR aircraft in Europe.
It ATR turboprops have transported more than 35 million passengers, in intra-archipelago operations and on services from the Canaries to Morocco, the Portuguese island of Madeira and the African island-archipelago nation of Cabo Verde.