On the occasion of the delivery ceremony, held today at the Paris Air Show, the airline announced as well the purchase of an additional ATR 72-600 aircraft. Since 2011, Air New Zealand has purchased a total of 14 ATR 72-600s. Deliveries of the ATR 72-600 aircraft will continue until 2017. Once delivered, Air New Zealand will have 25 ATR aircraft in its fleet, including 11 ATR 72-500s and 14 ATR 72-600s.
The introduction of this additional ATR 72-600 aircraft marks yet another step in Air New Zealand’s fleet modernization strategy. The new ATR aircraft will join airline’s existing fleet of 6 other ATR 72-600s and 11 ATR 72-500s. The new aircraft will enter service in July across Air New Zealand’s regional domestic network.
As with other recent deliveries to Air New Zealand, the 68-seat ATR 72-600 is equipped with the most advanced technology for the aircraft type, including a new glass cockpit avionics suite and updated cabin interiors.
Air New Zealand (Auckland) is currently dealing with 5,000 impacted passengers the past two days due to the grounding of subsidiary Mount Cook Airline’s (Christchurch) 11 ATR 72-500s. ANZ hopes to get most of the fleet in the air again by tomorrow (March 20). The fleet was grounded on Saturday (March 17) when an inspection discovered hairline cracks around a cockpit window on one of the ATRs.
Air New Zealand (Auckland) and ATR (Toulouse) have announced a firm order of seven new ATR 72-600s, plus options for five additional aircraft. The first of the 68 seat ATR72-600 aircraft will be delivered to Air New Zealand in October 2012. Deliveries will be completed in 2016. The aircraft will be operated by subsidiary Mount Cook Airline (Christchurch).
Mount Cook currently operates 11 ATR 72-500 aircraft.