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Norra paints the first ATR 72-500 (OH-ATI) in Finnair colors

Norra-Nordic regional Airlines has released photos of the first ATR 72-500 (OH-ATI) to be refurbished and repainted in the Finnair livery.

The Norra brand is being retired.

All photos by the airline.

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Starbow’s first ATR 72-500 veers off the runway at Accra, Ghana, suspends operations


Starbow Airliners took delivery of its first ATR 72-500 aircraft, the pictured 9G-SBF, on November 22, 2017. The second ATR 72 aircraft is scheduled to arrive soon.

However three days later on November 25, 2017, the new type was involved in an runway accident at Accra, Ghana while operating flight S9 104.

Reportedly, the aircraft with 63 passengers and five crew members veered off the runway in heavy rain while attempting its takeoff and exited the runway coming to rest in the perimeter fence.

Read the full report from GhanaWeb.

Starbow Airlines issued this statement:

Starbow S9 104 Incident at Accra, Kotoka International Airport.

Everyone at Starbow wishes to express their sincere regret for the distress experienced by our guests on Flight S9 104 on November 25, 2017 at 12:45, local time. The service, operated by ATR 72-500 (registration 9G-SBF), was a scheduled flight from Accra to Kumasi. All sixty-five guests and five crew disembarked, as normal, though five guests were treated for minor injuries at the Airport Clinic. The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has begun an investigation into the incident.

Eric Antwi, Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘All of us at Starbow at this time remain dedicated to our guests, our crew and their families. Their safety and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, and we will cooperate fully with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, and other agencies, to determine the cause of this incident. We hope to be able to provide further information in due course’.

Starbow has suspended its operations with immediate effect and guests with future reservations are invited to contact the airline at 024 500 0000 to make alternative travel arrangements.

Photo: Starbow Airlines.

Route Map:


Air Bagan suspends operations, vows to return in October

Air Bagan (Yangon) suspended all operations on August 16. The company is vowing to reorganize and return in October with additional aircraft. The company has been struggling since an ATR 72-500 with 49 passengers skidded off the runway on landing at Yangon on July 24 in a heavy rainstorm. The airline was down to one operational ATR 72 and could not maintain its schedules.

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Air Bagan started operations on November 15, 2004.

Read more from the Myanmar Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) XY-AIK (msn 592) taxies at the Yangon base.

Air Bagan aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Route Map (click on the map for the full size view):

Air Bagan 8.2015 Route Map

Binter Canarias orders six additional ATR 72-600s

Binter Canarias – Lineas Aereas de Canarias (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands) today signed an agreement for the purchase of six new ATR 72-600 aircraft, following their first batch for six ATR 72-600s in February 2014, bringing total orders for ATR aircraft to thirty.

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The new ATR order is a part of the Binter’s fleet modernization and network improvements program. By progressively replacing its current fleet of aging turboprops with the modern and fuel efficient ATR-600s, the airline will significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs, gain further in profitability and offer more comfort to its passengers due to its enhanced seats design.

Deliveries of the 72-seat ATR-600 aircraft commence this year and will be completed by 2017.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Binter currently operates a fleet of 16 ATR 72-500s. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-KSG (msn 907) approaches the runway on Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

Binter Canarias aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Trujet plans to start regional operations in India

TruJet ATR 72-500 9M-TAG (15)(Flt)(Trujet)(LRW)

Trujet (Turbo Megha Airways dba) (Hyderabad) has identified 18 Tier II cities in southern India as prospective destinations in its new regional network. The company hopes to launch operations soon pending final approvals.


The new airline is leasing ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) 9M-TAG (858) from Berjaya Air in their new livery.

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According to the carrier, the “Trujet” brand and name (above) signifies “Unfolding the True Indian Sky” and the colorful “Peacock” logo represents India (National Bird) and its vibrancy.

The prospective airline describes its activities:

Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd had obtained NOC to operate Scheduled Air Transport (Regional) Services from Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt of India. We’d be operating the schedule operations under the brand name Trujet. We have received our first ATR-72 500 aircraft (72 seats) and are in the process to receive the second one. We are undergoing the regulatory approvals process of getting our AOP and expect to start operations very soon!

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Flybe Finland to become Nordic Regional Airlines

Flybe (Nordic) ATR 72-500 OH-ATG (02)(Tko) HEL (Flybe.fi)(LRW)

Flybe Finland (Helsinki) will become Nordic Regional Airlines in May reflecting the recent change in ownership. The name change still requires approval by the Trade Register, which is expected to take place in early May.

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According to the airline’s CEO Maunu Visuri, “The new name reflects our company’s core business, i.e. the regional flying. Our goal is to continue to be a high-quality and skilled Nordic airline to offer excellent service to their customers.”

A new look will be unveiled in the early summer and the transformation will be implemented in stages during 2015.

Flybe Finland aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

All images by Flybe Finland.

Flybe (Nordic) ATR 72-500 (02)(Tail)(Fly.be)(LR)


Amaszonas to acquire BQB’s AOC, plans to restart operations on May 4

Amaszonas CRJ200 (Flt)(Amaszonas)(LR)

Amaszonas Linea Aerea (La Paz, Bolivia) is making a big move. The small regional airline from Bolivia has agreed to acquire the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of grounded BQB Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) according to this report by our partner Argentina Airline News, Photography & Spotting.

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Above Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Amaszonas Linea Aerea). BQB’s ATR ATR 72-212A (marketed as the ATR 72-500) CX-JPL (msn 816) is pictured at Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery).

Under the agreed plan, Amaszonas would initially lease the three BQB ATR 72-212As (above) of BQB and restore operations starting on May 4 to Buenos Aires (Aeroparque) and Asuncion pending all approvals. BQB suspended operations on April 11.

BQB aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Amaszonas CRJ200 side (LR)

Amaszonas currently operates a fleet of Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 regional jets (above). Eventually it would replace the ATR 72s with more CRJ200s.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Amaszonas current route map:

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Amaszonas 4.2015 Route Map