Eastern Airways adds its first ATR 72-600

Eastern Airways' first ATR 72-600

Eastern Airways on September 27, 2017 introduced a new 72-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft to its fleet, the first of its kind to operate in the regional airline’s network.

The modern aircraft will operate on the Aberdeen to Scatsta (Shetland Isles) oil contract charter services for the Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC).

This is the first of two new ATRs being added, reflecting the airline’s on-going commitment to the oil and gas UK-based sector.

The aircraft was delivered from the production line in Toulouse, France, earlier this month and will enter service in the coming weeks.

Tony Burgess, Eastern Airways’ chief operating officer, said: “These efficient, modern aircraft help us to fulfil a vital role and provide a long-term commitment supporting the oil and gas industry.

The aircraft has twin turbo props using two powerful Pratt and Whitney 172m engines, giving the aircraft a maximum cruise speed of 317mph.
The aircraft manufacturers serial number (MSN 1448) and is being leased from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC).

Eastern Airways celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year. The airline operates two Embraer 170s, three Embraer 145 jets, nine SAAB 2000s, and is the largest operator in the world of Jetstream 41 aircraft with 17.

Previously on September 1, 2017 Eastern AIrways made this announcement:

Island communities in particular will, from September 1, 2017), enjoy the added benefits of extra choice, lower fares and a wealth of onward connections as Flybe’s new joint venture flights with alliance partner, Eastern Airways, take to the skies for the first time in Scotland.

To further mark its longstanding commitment to serving the residents of Orkney, Shetland and Stornoway, Flybe’s CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener will this morning announce details of an exciting new local communities’ initiative.

Europe’s largest regional airline will provide a continuation of six branded Flybe routes now  operated by Eastern Airways’ aircraft from: Sumburgh to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aberdeen to Kirkwall and from Glasgow to Stornoway and Manchester, with frequency as follows.

The airlines’ partnership will also see the Embraer 170 jet service operating on Shetland routes for the first time, shaving some 30 minutes off the recognised flight times.

FREQUENCY OF THE SIX ROUTES:

  • Aberdeen – Sumburgh & Kirkwall:      Up to 3 flights a day
  • Edinburgh & Glasgow – Sumburgh:    Daily flights
  • Glasgow – Stornoway:                           Up to 3 flights a day
  • Glasgow to Manchester:                       Up to four flights a day

Eastern Airways had previously signed a Heads of Terms agreement with Flybe forming an alliance between both UK airlines.  The aim is for contracts to be finalized and signed within a matter of weeks.

The agreement includes a five year franchise partnership whereby Eastern Airways will operate its scheduled network under the Flybe brand.  In addition to this, Eastern Airways will provide four aircraft to operate a number of existing Flybe branded routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester under the Flybe franchise.

As part of the franchise partnership, Eastern Airways routes will operate with Flybe’s BE flight codes.  Eastern Airways livery will be retained on its aircraft for scheduled services and the carrier’s ad-hoc charter services and corporate shuttle operations.

Photo: Eastern Airways.

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