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Link Airs is a non-starter, files for bankruptcy

Link Airs (Fukuoka) was a planned regional start-up in Japan. According to CAPA, the paper airline was planning a spring 2014 debut, operating two ATR 72-600s initially on routes from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu including five times daily Fukuoka-Miyazaki, three times daily Fukuoka-Matsuyama and daily Kitakyushu-Matsuyama services.

However the new airline won’t fly after the two prospective ATR 72-600s (JA01LK and JA02LK) were painted at Toulouse. The company, established on April 5, 2012, filed for bankruptcy protection on December 10, 2013 after failing to raise enough capital to start operations. The airline will now be liquidated. The would-be airline owed around eighty creditors according to local reports.

The airline had a technical and training support agreement with StarFlyer. Link Airs applied for an AOC in July 2013.

Link Airs would have been the first operator of ATR aircraft in Japan.

Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) with the test registration of F-WWET at Toulouse would have become JA02LK on delivery that never happened.

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Garuda Indonesia to launch Explore with new ATR 72-600s on December 3

Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) has decided to market its new regional ATR 72-600s as “Explore” as a sub brand starting on December 3. The airline issued this statement:

In line with the airline’s efforts to develop and strengthen its flight network, especially in the domestic sector, Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, is pleased to announce its brand new sub-brand “Explore” along with the introduction of the airline’s ATR 72-600 aircraft into its fleet, on Monday, November 25, 2013.

In addition to the sub-brand “Explore”, at the same time Garuda Indonesia also introduced the sub-brand “Explore Jet” along with the operation of its Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen fleet since last October 2012 to serve the airline’s network in both eastern and western Indonesia.

President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar said, the implementation of both sub-brands is in line with the excellent characteristic of Garuda Indonesia’s ATR 72-600 and Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen that have the ability to serve flights to new destinations in eastern Indonesia, which has limited runway.

“The ‘Explore’ ATR 72-600 aircraft will support Garuda Indonesia’s Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft operation in accordance to improve the national connectivity program (MP3EI) by developing our flight network to the fast growing economic regions and tourist destination in the remote area in Indonesia,” he said.

Moreover, the operation of these turboprop aircraft are also in line with the company’s efforts to enhance service to the customers by offering a wider choice of destinations and travel options to passengers as well as part of Garuda Indonesia’s move to join the SkyTeam global alliance in March 2014 and in anticipation of 2015’s ASEAN Open Sky policy.

Garuda Indonesia will operate “Explore” flight through ATR 72-600 aircraft, starting on December 3, 2013, with a single class cabin (All Economy) configuration with a seat capacity for 70 passengers to serve flights flying out of its hubs or spokes, such as from Denpasar on to Labuan Bajo, Ende, and Bima, as well as from Makassar and Ambon to destinations in those regions.

Garuda Indonesia Explore ATR 72-600 (09)(Flt)(Garuda Indonesia)(LR)

In line with its fleet development program, Garuda Indonesia will receive 35 ATR 72-600s, including firm orders for 25 aircraft and options for 10 additional aircraft, in stages up to 2017. The aircraft will be used to serve short-haul point to point flights, and flights between hubs and spokes.

Garuda will use these new turboprop on routes that are under the 400 nm range in all regions of the country. The ATR 72-600 is very much capable of reaching small airports that have runways measuring less than 1,600 meters, and are therefore too small for jet planes.

“Being equipped with modern technology and capable of efficient operations, the ATR 72-600 offers the same high level of comfort to passengers, as the other fleet types operated by Garuda Indonesia. This type of aircraft is the best in its class to serve short distance routes between the islands and cities in Indonesia that have a limited runway capacity,” added Emirsyah.

In line with the company’s long-term “Quantum Leap 2011-2015” expansion program, Garuda Indonesia will take delivery of 26 new aircraft in 2013 to support the development of both the national and international flight networks, consisting of 4 Boeing 777-300 ERs, 3 Airbus A330s, 10 Boeing 737-800 NGs, 7 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, and 2 ATR 72-600s. Meanwhile, in 2013 Citilink will receive 10 A320 aicraft. Thus, Garuda Indonesia Group will operate as many as 139 aircraft by the end of this year.

In the third quarter of 2013, Garuda Indonesia Group has received 27 new aircraft, consisting of 7 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, 2 Airbus A330-300/200s, 7 Bombardier CRJ-1000 NextGen aircraft, 2 Boeing 777-300 ERs, and 9 Airbus A320-200s. In all, up to the third quarter of 2013, Garuda Indonesia Group is currently operating 131 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Globalpics/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Garuda Indonesia ATR 72-600, the pictured ATR 72-212A (marketed as the ATR 72-600) with the test marks of F-WWEH, became PK-GAA when it was delivered on November 15. “Explore” titles were added later.

Garuda Indonesia: AG Slide Show

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The first ATR 72-600 is delivered to Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) on November 15 accepted its first ATR 72-600. The pictured ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEH (msn 11158) was handed over to the carrier as PK-GAA.

24 additional copies will be the delivered to the flag carrier.

Copyright Photo: Globalpics/AirlinersGallery.com. F-WWEH taxies at Toulouse on November 7.

Garuda Indonesia: AG Slide Show

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Route Map. Garuda Indonesia flies to 40 domestic destinations.

Garuda Indonesia 11.2013 Domestic Route Map

 

LIAT takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

LIAT Limited (The Caribbean Airline) (Antigua) has started its fleet upgrade with the first new ATR 72-600 aircraft delivered today (June 14).  This first ATR in LIAT’s fleet is being leased from GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services). This is the first of a total of eight ATRs (four 68-seat ATR 72-600s and four 48-seat ATR 42-600s) that will be introduced into LIAT’s fleet.

The introduction of these brand new ATR -600s in LIAT’s current fleet of 14 aircraft is a part of the airline’s restructuring plans aiming at fleet modernization and network improvements. By progressively replacing its current fleet of former turboprop aircraft with the modern and fuel efficient ATRs, 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. The line-up of the full new generation ATR model range will allow LIAT to optimize their fleet on their pan-Caribbean network with aircraft of one same family, offering both 50 and 70 seat capacity.

“LIAT currently connects 21 destinations throughout the Caribbean with most routes under 100 Nm, like Grenada to Trinidad, or Dominica to Antigua. The 68-seat ATR 72-600s are perfectly adapted to many of our existing and potential routes,” says Ian Brunton, Chief Executive Officer of LIAT. “By renewing our fleet our customers will enjoy more efficiency and better travel experience. The ATR 72-600 perfectly fits with our requirements in terms of low operating costs, most updated technologies and optimal comfort. This is the most-recently certified turboprop aircraft on the market, and we are proud to start our operations with such a modern, successful and well-reputed aircraft”.

It is anticipated that the first ATR 72-600 would be pressed into service before the end of June, with the remaining aircraft expected for delivery during 2013 and 2014.

Copyright Photo: Oliver Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-600 (ATR 72-212A) F-WWEN became V2-LIA (msn 1077) on delivery from Toulouse.

LIAT: AG Slide Show

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Route Map:

LIAT 6:2013 Route Map

 

UNI Air takes delivery of its first new ATR 72-600

UNI Air (subsidiary of EVA Air) (Taipei) yesterday (September 27) accepted at Toulouse its first new ATR 72-600. The delivery of B-17001 (msn 1044) is the very first ATR 72-600 aircraft in the livery of an Asian carrier. This ATR 72-600 is expected to enter revenue service on October 11, with a commercial domestic flight from Taipei to Taidong.

With the introduction of its new fleet of 10 ATR 72-600s, UNI Air will progressively replace its fleet of Bombardier DHC-8-300 turboprops.

Since ATR launched the -600 series aircraft in late 2007, the newest ATR 72-600 has proven itself as the best-selling 70-seat regional aircraft worldwide, with some 240 orders since then. The ATR 72-600 received its EASA-certification in May 2011, thus becoming the world’s most-recently certified 70-seat regional aircraft. Among other improvements, it features the most modern avionics suite, equipped with full-glass cockpit specifically developed for ATR by Thales, and totally redesigned cabin interiors, by Italian designer Giugiaro.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. B-17001 is pictured at Toulouse prior to the handover in the new livery reflecting its relationship with parent EVA Air.

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