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Silver Airways puts its first ATR 72-600 into service

Silver Airways has received FAA and DOT certification to begin operations of its new 70-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft, making history as the first airline to operate the state-of-the-art airplane in the U.S. The ATR-600 series aircraft is specifically designed for short-haul markets, but with the same look, feel and customer amenities of larger jetliners. Over the past year, Silver Airways has undergone a complete operational, fleet and customer service transformation and in doing so is reinventing the regional flying sector.

Silver Airways’ first regularly scheduled commercial ATR 72-600 flight departed Tampa International Airport (TPA) and arrived at Pensacola International Airport (PNS) on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Silver’s ATR 72-600 will initially be used to and from destinations in Florida and The Bahamas, and Silver expects to introduce the new aircraft in its Caribbean markets in 2020.

ATR 72-600

Silver Airway’s first new 70-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft begins operations in the U.S.
The aircraft was christened “Rocket City” in honor of Silver’s newest ATR destination – Huntsville, Alabama.

Silver Airways first launched its new ATR fleet earlier this year with the 46-seat ATR 42-600, making history as the first U.S. carrier to operate the newly redesigned and technologically advanced, customer friendly ATR-600 series aircraft. It had been nearly 25 years since a new ATR had flown in the U.S. It marked the first time revenue passengers have flown an ATR-600 operated by a U.S. carrier and the first time a fully independent U.S. regional airline has taken delivery of a new aircraft in many decades. The new ATRs provide Silver’s guests with an unparalleled flying experience and reliability, and pilots with the industry’s most advanced cockpit.

To date, Silver Airways has taken delivery of its first seven of up to 50 ATR-600s, including six ATR 42-600s and one ATR 72-600. Future ATR-600 deliveries will be comprised of both ATR 42-600s and ATR 72-600s.

The new ATR-600 series aircraft are allowing Silver to expand its service in the Southeastern United States, The Bahamas and the Caribbean. By introducing the mission-specific ATR 42-600 aircraft with seating for 46 and ATR 72-600 with seating for 70, Silver has the unique ability to offer quicker direct flights to even more short and medium-haul leisure and business destinations in both domestic and nearby international markets.

The new ATR-600 series features the widest cabin in the regional aircraft market with a new ergonomic design and lightweight slim seats offering passengers maximum comfort with up to a 32-inch pitch offering more legroom than many mainline aircraft. In addition, Silver’s ATR fleet offers spacious full-size overhead bins for carry-on bags along with full-size lavatories, bright LED lite cabins and is quieter than regional jets. The new ATR-600 series also features the latest innovations in cockpit technology with simplified, integrated LCD advanced functions, enhancing safety and improved handling for pilots, as well as the latest in avionics technology. The state-of-the-art, all-glass cockpit further reduces flight crew workload and enhances situational awareness while providing better reliability, maintenance cost savings and weight reduction.

Silver Airways has codeshare and interline relationships with most of the leading airlines in the U.S. and many worldwide. The new ATRs provide superior air transportation with a level of comfort and quietness commensurate with the service of Silver’s worldwide airline partners.

Tunisair Express acquires three new ATR 72-600s

Tunisair Express and ATR have confirmed a firm order for three ATR 72-600s. The aircraft will renew Tunisair Express’s regional fleet and supply essential connectivity, both domestically and internationally.

The new ATRs will replace the older ATRs (below).

"Hannibal"

Above Copyright Photo: Tunisair Express ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) TS-LBE (msn 794) (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 946567.

NAC leases two ATR 72-600s to Air Kanbawza (Air KBZ)

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2011

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered two new ATR 72-600s, MSNs 1528 and 1531, to Air Kanbawza Ltd on lease.

About Air Kanbawza

Under the guidance of Myanmar Investment Commission, Air Kanbawza, otherwise known as Air KBZ, was established in June 2010. The purpose of this establishment is to help the fellow existing airlines cater to the growing demands of air travel in Myanmar.

The airline had its first commercial flight in April 2011. Currently, it operates scheduled domestic services throughout Myanmar from Yangon’s International Airport and a hub in Mandalay.

In December 2016, Air KBZ began scheduling services between Yangon and Chiang Mai in neighboring Thailand.

Myanmar Airways International is a sister company, within the KBZ Group.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air KBZ ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) XY-AJE (msn 1068) (27th Sea Games 2013) RGN (Christian Volpati Collection). Image: 922970.

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Aurigny to acquire three new ATR 72-600s

 

ATR and Aurigny have confirmed the acquisition of three ATR 72-600 aircraft, following approval from the States of Guernsey and after the initial signature of a Letter of Intention (LOI) at the Farnborough Airshow, in July 2018.

The first aircraft will be delivered in August 2019 and all three will be equipped with the new ClearVision™ Enhanced Vision System (EVS), with Aurigny the launch customer for this cutting-edge technology.

ClearVision™ uses an external camera to display an augmented outside-view in real-time to a head-mounted visor, worn by the pilot with the EVS improving significantly the pilot’s vision. This is a major change for Aurigny’s crew as Guernsey’s location in the English Channel, see its flight operations regularly affected by fog, leading to disruptions for passengers. A study showed that an ATR equipped with the ClearVision™ EVS could have saved 50% of the disrupted landings in Guernsey, over the period of a year. ClearVision™ will also enhance operations into other destinations served by Aurigny.

ClearVision™ is an option on ATR’s latest avionics suite, Standard 3, which delivers important operational improvements and a first in commercial aviation. In addition to the EVS selected by Aurigny, ClearVision™ also offers a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) that provides the pilot’s Head-Up Display with digital images of terrain and obstacles, from an extensive database. Operators can also opt for a Combined Vision System (CVS), combining the EVS and SVS, and offering pilots the best possible vision and situational awareness.

As Guernsey’s airline, Aurigny is proud to offer a wide range of services and lifeline links to the Bailiwick and its visitors. Established 50 years ago, Aurigny have had the privilege of serving more than 16 million customers over this time, and currently operate more than 15,000 flights a year, to 14 destinations. Aurigny is owned by the States of Guernsey and their network includes services to Guernsey, Alderney, and destinations across the UK and in Europe.

The new type is also likely to trigger a new livery. The airline has offered three options on social media:

Aurigny already operates the ATR 72-500 (below).

"LERE" is for Leree Bay

Above Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Aurigny Air Services ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) G-LERE (msn 891) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 945157.

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ATR delivers its 1,500th aircraft

First ATR 72-600, delivered on October 30, 2018

ATR on November 29 celebrated its 1,500th aircraft delivery with the entire ATR employee community.

The ATR 72-600 (JA06JC) was delivered to Japan Air Commuter at the end of October. This represents the latest in a year of milestones for the market-leading regional aircraft manufacturer, after the delivery of the 1,000th ATR 72 in July and the 500th ATR -600 Series in August. Since its first delivery, over 30 years ago, ATR has become the leader in regional aviation.

Since 2010, 75% of turboprop sales have been ATRs and the company currently has the largest market share of all regional aircraft. Nearly 500 50-seat ATR 42s and over 1,000 72-seat ATR 72s have been delivered to more than 200 operators in 100 countries. The company’s first aircraft programme, the ATR 42, was launched with the first delivery to French regional operator Air Littoral. ATR subsequently launched a larger version of the aircraft, the ATR 72, which was first delivered to Finnair. Since their respective launches, the ATR 42 and 72 have evolved with important improvements. The latest and most modern version of the aircraft, the -600 series, was launched in 2009, with the first delivery to Royal Air Maroc in 2011.

ATR’s prolonged success is a consequence of this policy of continuously developing its product and striving to go further with its customer service offer. The aircraft provides operators with unbeatable economics, operational flexibility, and state-of-the-art avionics, while passengers can enjoy the widest and most comfortable cabin in regional aviation. ATR’s recent innovations such as its Standard 3 avionics, ClearVision™, and Cabinstream™ ensure that its products continue to be the most advanced regional aircraft in the market. In addition to developing its products, ATR continues to concurrently strengthen its customer support, innovating new methods to lower Direct Maintenance Costs whilst increasing its Training footprint and offering a Customer Care Center that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And looking forward, ATR is also exploring the opportunities and impact of new propulsion technologies in the regional aircraft ecosystem.

Regional aviation provides vital connectivity and delivers significant economic advantages to communities worldwide. ATR’s market forecast predicts the need for over 3,000 turboprops in the next 20 years, in part to cater for nearly 3,000 new routes. A 10% increase in regional flights contributes an additional 5% of tourists, increases regional GDP by 6% and Foreign Direct Investment by 8%. This in turn leads to further social-economic development and more employment.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL – Japan Air Commuter ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWED (JA06JC) (msn 1524) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943849.

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Royal Air Maroc orders an additional ATR 72-600

Royal Air Maroc Express ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) CN-COH (msn 960) (Ole Simon). Image: 927519.

Royal Air Maroc, is adding an additional ATR 72-600 to its fleet. This will bring its total ATR 72-600 fleet to six aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered before the end of the year and will be configured in the same dual-class configuration as the airline’s current ATR fleet.


Royal Air Maroc was the launch customer for the ATR -600 series and took delivery of their first ATR 72-600 in 2011. In the following seven years, ATR has delivered in total over 500 ATR-600 series aircraft, becoming the market leader in the regional segment thanks to its unbeatable economics, the widest and most comfortable cabin, operational flexibility, and state-of-the-art avionics.

In 2018 in the Africa region, ATR has delivered brand-new ATR 72-600s to Air Sénégal and Air Botswana. EWA Air and Royal Air Maroc will be the next customers to receive their new ATR-600s before the end of the year.

Copyright Photo: Royal Air Maroc Express ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) CN-COH (msn 960) (Ole Simon). Image: 927519.

Japan Air Commuter takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

First ATR 72-600, delivered on October 30, 2018

Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd (JAC) took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 (JA06JC) following the conversion in June of one of its orders of an ATR 42-600 to its larger 72 version. The aircraft will have a 70-seat configuration.

 

The first ATR 42-600 entered service with JAC in early 2017 and the up-gauging of this order reflects the -600’s ability to effectively open and grow routes with the lowest possible risks, thanks to its 40% fuel burn advantage over its turboprop rival. The delivery of this larger aircraft allows JAC to fly more passengers to airports with shorter runways that are only accessible by turboprop. JAC have already taken delivery of five ATR 42-600 aircraft and they are going to introduce first ATR 72-600 in Japan with this delivery. With the delivery of the ATR 72-600 they will benefit from the commonality between the models. The ATR 42 and 72 share a Single Type Rating and 90% of spare parts. The versatility of the ATR -600 Series allows it to go where other aircraft simply cannot follow, performing a variety of operations with unbeatable economics.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by ATR): JAL – Japan Air Commuter ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWED (JA06JC) (msn 1524) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943849.

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Air Botswana celebrates its 30th anniversary with a new livery

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2018

Air Botswana (Pty) Limited signed a firm order for two new ATR 72-600s. The company has taken the opportunity of the new aircraft to introduce a new livery as it celebrates 30 years of flying.

The first ATR 72-600 has been painted at Toulouse pending delivery.

The pictured F-WWEE (msn 1433) will become A2-ABK on delivery.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Botswana ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEE (A2-ABK) (msn 1433) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 944207.

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Chorus Aviation announces multi-aircraft leasing transaction with the Lion Air Group

Wings Air (Indonesia)-Lion Group ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) PK-WHP (msn 1290) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 944060.

Chorus Aviation Inc. announced today an agreement to lease four new ATR 72-600s to the Lion Air Group.

The first of these aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, with the remaining three scheduled for delivery in the first and second quarters of 2019. It is anticipated that the aircraft will be operated by members of the Lion Air Group in Indonesia and Malaysia.

This transaction marks the second multi-aircraft leasing transaction in the fast-growing Southeast Asia region, expanding Chorus’ leasing business to 12 lessees in 12 countries and a total of 78 aircraft.

Upon completing the transaction contemplated by this announcement, Chorus Aviation Capital’s customers will comprise: Aeromexico Connect; Air Nostrum; Azul Airlines; CityJet; Ethiopian Airlines; Flybe; Falcon Aviation Services; KLM Cityhopper; Lion Air Group; Philippine Airlines; Virgin Australia; and its Chorus affiliate, Jazz Aviation.

Top Copyright Photo: Wings Air (Indonesia)-Lion Group ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) PK-WHP (msn 1290) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 944060.

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Aurigny signs Letter of Intent for three ATR 72-600s equipped with the new ClearVision™ system

Aurigny and market leading turboprop manufacturer ATR today announced the signature of a Letter of Intent for the purchase of three ATR 72-600s, subject to the approval of the States of Guernsey. These three aircraft are expected to replace the current three ATR 72-500s operated by the airline.

These new ATR -600s will feature the new ClearVision™ Enhanced Vision System (EVS), which uses an external camera to display an augmented outside-view in real-time to a head-mounted visor, worn by the pilot. The EVS significantly improves a pilot’s vision and as Guernsey is situated in the English Channel it is regularly affected by fog, often at short notice, leading to disruptions to flight operations. An ATR equipped with the ClearVision™ EVS addresses this pain point of the pilot’s limited visibility and could have saved 50% of the forbidden landings (24 of 48) in Guernsey, over the period of a year. Aurigny anticipates that this innovation will deliver significant savings in their future operations.

ClearVision™ is an option on ATR’s latest avionics suite, Standard 3, which delivers important operational improvements. In addition to the EVS selected by Aurigny, ClearVision™ also offers a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) that provides the pilot’s Head-Up Display with digital images of terrain and obstacles, from an extensive database. Operators can also opt for a Combined Vision System (CVS), combining the EVS and SVS, and offering pilots the best possible vision and situational awareness.

ATR anticipates that in the next 20 years, there will be a need for over 3000 turboprops while regional air traffic will grow 4.5% on a yearly basis. A significant proportion of this growth will come from route creation, with 30% of the traffic growth coming from routes that do not currently exist. ATR aircraft are proven route openers, with the -600 series aircraft opening over 100 routes a year on average.

Aurigny Chief Executive Officer, Mark Darby, said: “Once we have the approval from the States of Guernsey to proceed, the entry into service of the new aircraft equipped with the new ClearVision™ system will reduce flight disruptions, which will be very good news for the people of Guernsey, who rely on air travel for essential connectivity. Beyond beating the fog, upgrading to the -600 series will also further enhance the operational efficiency of Aurigny. We are also excited about welcoming our passengers into the modern ATR cabin and offering them even more comfort when they fly.”

ATR Chief Executive, Christian Scherer, remarked: “Aurigny’s pioneering use of ClearVision™ will be a first in commercial aviation, here in Europe. Being the first to offer such a solution to our clients and operators demonstrates ATR’s constant desire to match their needs. In the regional aviation market, many airlines fly in challenging locations and ClearVision™ offers an opportunity to give pilots increased visibility and improved situational awareness without requiring expensive upgrades to an airport’s infrastructure – which in many occasions may even be completely unfeasible.”

Photo: ATR.