Binter Canarias (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain) and ATR have announced a contract for the sale of six firm ATR 72-600 aircraft. With the acquisition of these new ATR 72-600s the airline will enter into the renewal process of their current fleet of 18 ATR 72s which have been operating successfully in the inter-islands network for years. Binter Canarias is a long-standing ATR operator in Europe, introducing their first ATR aircraft in the late 1980s.
Copyright Photo: Gerry McCready/AirlinersGallery.com. Binter Canarias’ ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-LGF (msn 907) taxies past the camera at Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
Bangkok Airways (Bangkok Air) (Bangkok) and ATR today announced a contract for the sale of six firm ATR 72-600 aircraft and two options. Bangkok Airways has been operating ATR aircraft for two decades and currently operates a fleet of eight ATR 72-500s. The first new ATR 72-600s will be delivered later this year, allowing Bangkok Airways to start renewing its fleet.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) HS-PGF (msn 700) named “Hua Hin” arrives back at the Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) base.
Air Algerie (Algiers) has signed a purchase agreement for 3 new ATR 72-600s. The contract value is $74.1 million at current list price. The entry into service is expected from end of 2014 through 2015. When delivered, the 68 seat new-comers will join an existing ATR fleet at the airline that currently includes 12 ATR 72-500s flying primarily on domestic and short regional routes. The new order will take Air Algerie’s ATR fleet to 15 ATR 72s consolidating its position of the largest ATR operator on the African continent.
Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) 7T-VUO (msn 901) prepares to land at Palma de Mallorca.
Air Dolomiti (Verona) today (October 26) will operate the last ATR 72 flight from the Munich hub to Trieste, Italy. Flight LH 1940 will also end an era. This is also the last turboprop flight in the Lufthansa Group per Austrian Wings.
Lufthansa ended Viscount 800 service in 1971 but in recent years has contracted with feeder airlines to operate turboprop aircraft. The turboprop aircraft have been gradually replaced with pure jet aircraft. Tonight’s last ATR 72-500 flight will be the last turboprop flight with any airline using the LH code.
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Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) I-ADLT (msn 638) prepares to land at Bologna.
Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) has received the approval of the High Court in Singapore to acquire Skywest Airlines (Perth). Previously the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board cleared the merger and Virgin Australia on March 13 received approval from Skywest Airlines Ltd shareholders of the proposed acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of Skywest, pursuant to a scheme of arrangement under the laws of Singapore. The acquisition process is now complete.
Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. Skywest Airlines already operates a fleet of ATR 72-500s on regional routes for Virgin Australia. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) VH-FVI (msn 955) is pictured on the ramp at Brisbane.
Skywest Airlines operates an extensive route network under its own brand in Western Australia.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) is promoting a duty free shop area on Kinmen Island featuring the famous wind lion god figure as the mascot. Three ATR 72-212s will featured this unusual logo.
According to Wikipedia, Kinmen or Quemoy is a small archipelago of several islands administered by Republic of China (Taiwan): Greater Kinmen, Lesser Kinmen and some islets. The islands are located off the coast of mainland China.
Kinmen is known for its shisa (wind lion god) figures.
Top and Bottom Copyright Photos: Manuel Negrerie. A close-up and ramp view of ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) B-22805 (msn 558) with the wind lion god logo.
Kingfisher Airlines‘ (Mumbai) Scheduled Operator’s Permit (SOP) is due to expire today (December 31) according to this report to The Economic Times. The carrier had proposed to restart scheduled operations with five Airbus aircraft and two ATRs but the Indian government was concerned about its financing and funding and asked for additional details. The airline suspended operations on October 4, 2012.
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Copyright Photo: Pepscl. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) F-WWEK (msn 750) became VT-KAI when it was handed over on June 27, 2007.
Air Dolomiti (Verona and Munich) intends to phase out its 10 remaining ATR 72-500s by November 2013 per Le Journal de l’Aviation. The carrier will be adding more Embraer ERJ 195s to replace the turboprops. Parent Lufthansa wants to phase out the use of turboprops.
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Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) I-ADCC (msn 662) taxies at Zurich.
Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) is in talks with Kingfisher Airlines (Mumbai) about a possible minority investment in the grounded airline according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Meanwhile the Deccan Herald of India believes Jet Airways (Mumbai) is a better investment for the Gulf carrier.
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Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Boeing 777-3FX ER A6-ETF (msn 39700) prepares to land at Bangkok.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) with the test registration of F-WWEG (msn 788) arrives at Farnborough. Although painted, the turboprop was never delivered to Kingfisher Airlines as VT-KAT. Instead it went to Air Botswana as A2-ABS.
Lao Airlines (Vientiane) has signed a firm contract for two ATR 72-600s. These two new aircraft will be added to Lao Airlines’ current fleet of four ATR 72-500s (ATR 72-212As). The airline is in the midst of expanding its fleet in order to increase frequency on existing routes and to open up new destinations in the surrounding region.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) RDPL-34174 (msn 878) completes its final approach into Bangkok.
TransAsia Airways (Taipei) has signed a contract for eight firm 72-seat ATR 72-600s, plus an option for one additional ATR 72-600. The deal, including the option, is valued at over $ 210 million. Deliveries of these new ATR -600s will start in 2014 and extend through 2017. With the purchase of these aircraft, TransAsia Airways will progressively replace their current fleet of nine ATR 72-500s operating in their domestic network with the new aircraft.
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Bottom Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. The older ATR 72s will be replaced with the new ATR 72-600s for mainly domestic routes in Taiwan. The pictured ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) B-22802 also carries a special 60th Anniversary decal.
Finnair (Helsinki) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Finncomm Oy to buy 20% of Finncomm Airlines (Finnish Commuter Airlines Oy) (FCA) (Helsinki) and all of the stock of the companies that own Finncomm’s 12 ATR aircraft.
Finnair and Finncomm Airlines have also entered into a new commercial agreement for further cooperation on the winter schedule.
According to the Finnair press release, under the new code-share agreement with Finnair, Finncomm will fly the Turku, Tampere and Tallinn flights (as it has to date) and will also fly as a new service the Jyväskylä route, six times per day. Also on the Joensuu, Kuopio and Vaasa routes, Finncomm will fly some of the code-share flights. In addition, cooperation will cover the Norrköping route.
Finncomm Airlines’ route network also includes Kokkola, Kemi, Seinäjoki, Savonlinna and Varkaus.
The new commercial agreement replaces the previously announced agreement between Finnair and the airline Flybe on the arrangement of feeder traffic. Nevertheless, negotiations on cooperation with Flybe in other traffic will
At the same time, Finnair and Finncomm have signed a preliminary agreement on ownership arrangements through which Finncomm’s current ownership structure will change. Finnair’s objective is to acquire a minority shareholding in the Finncomm Group. A strengthening of the ownership structure through new investors will also be pursued.
Copyright Photo: It will be interesting to see if Finncomm will lose its individual brand and adopt the colors of Finnair. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) F-WWEB (msn 741) arrives back at Toulouse after a test flight in the 2003 livery. It became OH-ATE on delivery.
LAMIA-Linea Aerea Meridena Internacional de Aviacion (Merida) is a new airline in Venezuela. The new carrier commenced operations on August 16 with an ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) registered EC-KKQ (msn 763) “El Merideno” (The Merida) which was wet leased from Swiftair (Madrid).
Santiago de los Caballeros de Merida is the capital of the municipality of Liberator and the state of Merida and is one of the principal cities of the Venezuelan Andes. The city was founded in 1558.
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Copyright Photo: Mustafa Sancar. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) TC-YAD (msn 702) is ready to start operations from its IST base.
BoraJet (Istanbul) which took delivery of its first ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) now has three (TC-YAB, TC-YAC and TC-YAD) awaiting authority to commence operations. The new airline plans to serve smaller airports.
Copyright Photo: Alejandro Hdez Leon. 68-seat ATR 72-212A (ATR72-500) CX-JCL (msn 805) passed through Gran Canaria on February 10 on delivery.
BQB Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) is new airline in Uruguay owned by the owner of Buquebus, Juan Carlos Lopez Ore. The new project is awaiting its AOC but it intends to start scheduled operations in either April or May. The initial routes will connect Montevideo with Punta del Este, Buenos Aires (Aeroparque), Rosario and Cordova, Salto and Porto Alegre with two ATR 72s.
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MASwings (Miri) will display its latest ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhi bition (Lima 2009) from December 1-5.
Copyright Photo: Guillaume Besnard.
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Copyright Photo: ATR 72-212A 9M-MWG (msn 895) taxies at Toulouse. The new airliner was handed over on November 27.
MASwings (subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines) (Miri) has taken delivery of its sixth ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500).
BoraJet (Istanbul) is a new Turkish airline that will soon receive three 66-seat ATR 72-500s (the first is due in mid December). The company intends to operate to smaller airports in the country starting in 2010.
Wings Air (subsidiary of Lion Air) (Jakarta) has firmed up and signed a $600 million contract with ATR to purchase 15 ATR 72-500 (ATR 72-212As), with options for 15 ATR 72-600s.
Bangkok Air (Bangkok) lost its ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) HS-PGL (msn 670) in an accident today (August 4) on the resort island of Koh Samui in Thailand. At least one person is dead (the captain) and seven others are injured. The ATR was landing in a rain storm after arriving from Krabi. The airliner ran off the runway crashing into an old (unmanned) control tower.
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EC-KGJ taxies at Madeira for the formal naming ceremony. Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli.
Binter Canarias (Grand Canaria) on June 25, 2009 named its ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-KGJ (msn 753) “Madeira” formally at Funchal Airport (FNC) on lsland of Madeira in an official ceremony. This aircraft was named after the Portuguese island, located just north of Canary Islands, due to a new partnership between the Spanish carrier and Windsor Travel. A water cannon salute was performed shortly after landing.
Air Botswana (Gaborone) on March 20 accepted delivery of its first (of two) ATR 72-500 (ATR 72-212A) registered A2-ABR (msn 786, ex F-WWEE). The new ATR joins three current ATR 42-500s.
F-WWEC is tugged at TLS. The new airliner is painted in the new livery that was introduced earlier this year. Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre.
Berjaya Air (Kuala Lumpur) will soon take delivery of its first new ATR 72-500 (ATR 72-212A). Three more copies will follow. The four new turboprops will replace the older de Havilland Canada (Bombardier) DHC-7 Dash 7s on its local routes in Malaysia. The first aircraft (F-WWEC, msn 858) has been painted at the Toulouse factory and will become 9M-TAG on delivery.
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Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) on March 6 took delivery of its first (of two) ATR 72-500 (ATR 72-212A). G-COBO (msn 852) repositioned from Toulouse to Southampton. In other news, Aurigny will start Guernsey-East Midlands service on May 1.