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Mandarin Airlines receives its first ATR 72-600

The first ATR 72-600 for Mandarin Airlines, delivered on November 24, 2017

ATR on November 24, 2017 delivered the first of the nine ATR 72-600s to Mandarin Airlines. The ATR 72-600 will bring the regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines the highest standards of comfort alongside unbeatable economics.

Besides the contract for the aircraft, ATR is also willing to provide engineering and technical support to China Airlines and its subsidiaries to set-up in-house capabilities for ATR heavy maintenance, up to C-checks.

Commenting on the delivery, Jenny Tsao, President of Mandarin Airlines said: “The ATR 72–600 features several strengths, with fuel-efficiency as the major point. These enable Mandarin Airlines to operate domestic flights with higher efficiency and more profitability. With ATR 72-600s joining the fleet, Mandarin Airlines will significantly increase the flight frequencies on each domestic route and then introduce some potential new sectors afterwards. The ATR 72-600 contributes to increased flight frequencies so as to enhance passenger service, allowing passengers to benefit from, for example, three to five daily flights instead of one to two daily currently. Intensive flight frequency is a main goal as we introduce ATRs into our market.”

Copyright Photo: Mandarin Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEI (B-16851) (msn 1460) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939882.

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IndiGo takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

IndiGo's first ATR 72-600, delivered on November 17, 2017

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, on November 17, 2017 took delivery of its first ATR 72-600. The airline and ATR announced earlier this year an agreement for the acquisition of 50 ATR 72-600s. This delivery represents a major step in the airline’s ambitious plan to further develop its fleet with the introduction of fuel-efficient and cost-effective ATR 72-600s, thus expanding its regional footprint and bringing air connectivity to smaller Indian airports and communities.

The introduction of the new ATR fleet goes in line with the Indian government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme, which aims to boost economic development, employment and tourism by connecting small and remote cities. Under this scheme 100 new airports are expected to be created in the next three years.

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IndiGo plans to put the new type into revenue service on December 21, 2017 on the following routes:

Our brand-new fleet of ATRs is flying to more of India. Bookings now open for the below sectors:-

Flight Number Origin Destination Departure Arrival Starts Starting Fare*
6E 7107 Bengaluru Tirupati 9:40 10:35 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7121 Bengaluru Rajahmundry 10:45 12:30 16-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7125 Chennai Rajahmundry 17:55 19:40 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7102 Chennai Mangalore 11:35 13:30 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7101 Hyderabad Mangalore 6:40 8:40 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7103 Hyderabad Nagpur 16:15 18:10 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7105 Hyderabad Tirupati 6:25 7:50 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7112 Hyderabad Tirupati 12:40 14:05 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7116 Hyderabad Tirupati 19:25 20:50 9-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7118 Hyderabad Rajahmundry 7:05 8:20 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7123 Hyderabad Rajahmundry 14:35 15:50 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7101 Mangalore Chennai 9:05 11:05 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7102 Mangalore Hyderabad 13:50 15:40 21-Dec-17 1499 Book Now
6E 7104 Nagpur Hyderabad 18:30 20:25 21-Dec-17 1999 Book Now
6E 7119 Rajahmundry Bengaluru 8:40 10:25 16-Jan-18 1999 Book Now
6E 7124 Rajahmundry Chennai 16:10 17:35 16-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7122 Rajahmundry Hyderabad 12:50 14:05 16-Jan-18 999 Book Now
6E 7126 Rajahmundry Hyderabad 20:10 21:25 16-Jan-18 999 Book Now
6E 7106 Tirupati Bengaluru 8:10 9:15 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7113 Tirupati Bengaluru 14:45 15:50 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7108 Tirupati Hyderabad 10:55 12:05 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7115 Tirupati Hyderabad 17:35 18:50 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now
6E 7117 Tirupati Hyderabad 21:10 22:35 9-Jan-18 1499 Book Now

 

Top Copyright Photo: IndiGo Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEF (VT-IYA) (msn 1457) TLS (EuroSpot). Image: 939920.

FedEx Express orders 30 ATR 72-600F freighters

FedEx Feeder-Empire Airlines (3rd) ATR 72-212 (F) N805FX (msn 372) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930573.

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, has announced it has completed a purchase agreement with ATR that will begin to modernize the company’s fleet of feeder aircraft.

Under the agreement, FedEx Express is making a firm purchase of 30 ATR 72-600F aircraft with options to purchase up to 20 additional ATR 72-600Fs. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2020, with subsequent deliveries of about six aircraft per year over a five year period.

ATR 72-600Fs will have:

  • a forward Large Cargo Door (LCD) and a rear upper-hinged cargo door
  • digital cockpits
  • advanced avionics technology and enhanced take-off performance
  • ADS-B “out” capabilities

The ATR 72-600F is equipped with reinforced floor panels and will support both bulk cargo and Unit Load Device (ULD) configurations. The aircraft has a bulk capacity of 2,630 cubic feet (74.6 cubic meters). When in ULD mode, it can accommodate up to seven LD3 containers, or five 88” x 108” pallets, or nine 88” x 62” pallets.

Current FedEx feeder aircraft do not carry containers or palletized freight, so these new features will help the company better serve customers in the air freight market where palletized shipments are the norm.

FedEx currently deploys more than 300 feeder aircraft in 45 countries. Most of these feeder aircraft are owned by FedEx, and are leased and operated by different third-party air carriers under their own operating certificates. The FedEx feeder fleet is comprised of aircraft under 60,000 pounds maximum gross take-off weight, and allows the company to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets around the world.

The FedEx feeder fleet complements the company’s jet fleet of over 360 aircraft, including Boeing 777s, 767s and 757s, MD-11s, MD-10s, Airbus A300s and Airbus A310s.

Copyright Photo: The new ATR 72-600s will replace the older ATR 42s and ATR 72s. FedEx Feeder-Empire Airlines (3rd) ATR 72-212 (F) N805FX (msn 372) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930573.

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.

Silver Airways announces its fleet plans, new leadership and possible Caribbean expansion

ATR 42-600 F-WWLY (msn 811) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 938888.

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced several strategic developments that will enable its continued growth.

Upgraded Fleet

Silver announced a historic agreement by signing a letter of intent to renew and expand its fleet with up to 50 new ATR series aircraft. This is a significant strategic accomplishment for the airline and a transaction valued at up to $1.1 billion. The initial order is for 20 ATR 42-600 aircraft and the agreement also provides Silver the ability to upgauge to the larger series ATR-72-600s. With this deal, Silver becomes the first fully independent U.S. regional airline in more than 20 years to sign a new aircraft deal of this magnitude. The firm 20 aircraft will be lease financed by Silver.

Silver will take delivery of up to four ATRs this year starting in the fourth quarter following receipt of regulatory approvals. Remaining deliveries of the first 20 aircraft are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. Crew training will be conducted by ATR at its new training facility in Miami, which is home to a new multi-million-dollar investment of a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for the ATR 72-600 series aircraft.

New Leadership

Concurrent with the announcement of its upgraded fleet, Silver also has named Steven A. Rossum as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective August 7, 2017. Mr. Rossum replaces Sami Teittinen, who has decided to leave Silver for personal reasons. In addition, Jason Bewley, presently Executive Vice President of Commercial and CFO, has been promoted to President and Chief Financial Officer of Silver in recognition of his valuable contribution to bringing the company to this stage of development.

Potential Expansion into the Caribbean

Finally, Silver announced that it has entered into negotiations with Seaborne Airlines to explore commercial cooperation including potentially a combination in support of its long-term goal to become a major U.S. airline. Seaborne is a San Juan, Puerto Rico-based air carrier serving destinations throughout Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other countries in the Caribbean. Seaborne provides connections throughout the Caribbean via the carrier’s hub in San Juan, while also serving as the most critical link between St. Croix and St. Thomas with the carrier’s seaplane operation. Versa Capital is the largest creditor of Seaborne as well as its majority owner.

Copyright Photo: ATR 42-600 F-WWLY (msn 811) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 938888.

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FAT introduces its first ATR 72-600

FAT – Far Eastern AIr Transport (Taipei-Songshan) has officially introduced its first ATR 72-600 (ATR 72-212A) (B-28068, msn 1110, ex Jettime OY-JZA) at a hangar event at Songshan Airport. FAT is planning to start operations soon with new type after CAA certification.

All copyright photos by Manuel Negrerie.

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Mandarin Airlines orders six ATR 72-600s

ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEW (msn 1316) (#ATR42US) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 933539.

ATR and Taiwan’s Mandarin Airlines, a regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines, has signed a contract for the purchase of six ATR 72-600s, valued at some $160 million (US).

With the acquisition of these brand new ATR -600s, Mandarin Airlines becomes a new member of the ATR family. The aircraft will operate within Taiwan’s domestic network, featuring the highest standards of passenger comfort and the most advanced technologies. With its new fleet of ATR 72-600s, Mandarin Airlines will benefit from the lowest operating costs among all 70-seat regional aircraft, and will be able to compete in a highly challenging market with cutting-edge and affordable air services.

Besides the contract signing, ATR is also willing to provide engineering and technical support to China Airlines and its subsidiaries to set-up in-house capabilities for ATR heavy maintenance, up to C-checks.

Copyright Photo: ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEW (msn 1316) (#ATR42US) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 933539.