This aircraft, the first ATR regional airliner in LIAT’s fleet, is an ATR 72-600 which the airline is leasing from GE Capital Aviation Services. LIAT will introduce a total of eight ATRs (four 68-seat ATR 72-600s and four 48-seat ATR 42-600s) into its fleet.

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Bombardier Aerospace has delivered the first of 20 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners ordered by WestJet for its new regional carrier, WestJet Encore. WestJet also holds options for 25 additional Q400 NextGen turboprops.

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Mexican regional carrier Aeromar has taken delivery of the first of two ATR 72-600 turborop regional airliners the airline is taking on long-term lease from Air Lease Corporation. The delivery sees Aeromar become the first operator of the new ATR 600-series aircraft in Central America.

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Seaborne Airlines is launching four-times-weekly service between Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan and Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, on June 1. Seaborne Airlines will operate the new service with 34-seat Saab 340B turboprops, having acquired three in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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SkyWest, Inc. has placed a firm order for 40 Embraer 175 aircraft, which one or both of its subsidiary regional carriers will operate for the United Express network. Additionally, SkyWest has agreed a reconfirmable order for another 60 Embraer 175s and has also taken options on another 100 Embraer 175s, taking its total potential order up to 200.

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SkyWest Airlines is launching new daily United Express service between St. George in Utah and Denver on June 6. To promote the new service, SkyWest Airlines is offering introductory fares from $99 each way, based on a required round-trip purchase.

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American Airlines is launching service this summer to San Diego from Miami, while sister regional carrier American Eagle plans to begin flying to two more destinations in Mexico from Dallas/Fort Worth.

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A newly formed holding company owned by Lawrence J. Ellison, the third-richest U.S. citizen, has bought Hawaiian regional airline Island Air.

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Delta Air Lines is launching twice-daily regional jet service between Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport in Dickinson, North Dakota and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on June 10.

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Malaysia Airlines has signed a firm order for 20 ATR 72-600s and optioned 16 additional aircraft, in a deal which ATR values at more than US$840 million if the carrier firms up all its options.

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This new, $175 million project is additional to Delta Air Lines’ previously announced, $1.2 billion, Concourse B development at JFK’s Terminal 4, which is set to open in May. The new project will add 11 more gates and 75,000 square feet to Terminal 4’s Concourse B.

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The airline is about to start operating a new ATR 72-600 which was delivered to U.S.-based lessor GECAS, the commercial aircraft leasing and financing subsidiary of General Electric, and GECAS is leasing the aircraft to Villa Air FlyMe.

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With the departures on February 1 of Air Canada Express flights AC8371 from Calgary to Fort McMurray, AC8430 from Calgary to Regina and AC8586 from Calgary to Saskatoon, Air Canada has introduced Bombardier Q400 NextGen service in Western Canada.

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Yakutia Airlines will fly three Bombardier Q400 turboprops, all acquired used. It has already taken delivery of the first. The Q400 is the largest Western-built turboprop aircraft to be awarded type approval for operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Danish finance and leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital is providing financing for Air KBZ’s acquisition of the ATR 72-600, plus another due for delivery to the airline in June.

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The order follows the signing of a 12-year capacity purchase deal between American Airlines and Republic Airways Holdings for the regional-airline holding company to acquire 53 Embraer 175 jets, all branded with the newly revealed American Eagle livery and operated by Republic Airlines.

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This order will increase to 31 the number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners operated by Qantas on its QantasLink regional domestic network. All are operated by Qantas subsidiary Sunstate Airlines.

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InterSky’s first ATR 72-600 is also the first ATR aircraft to fly in the livery of an Austrian airline. A second ATR 72-600 ordered by InterSky is scheduled for delivery in March.

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The new service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using 76-seat, two-class Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets.

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