Air Saint Pierre has taken delivery of the first
ATR 42-500 that will be operated in the archipelago of Saint
Pierre and Miquelon.
The aircraft, ordered in 2008 by SAEMAI (Société
Anonyme d’Economie Mixte Aéronautique des Iles/Mixed Business
Aeronautical Company of the Islands) is equipped with new PW 127M
engines and will replace the ATR 42-320 which has been operated by
the company for the last 15 years.
Due to the special
operating conditions of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, the ATR 42-500
had to be tested and certified to be able to operate in cross
winds reaching up to 45 knots at takeoff and landing (instead of
the 30 knots already certified).
The aircraft which has just been delivered has a basic configuration for 46 passengers but may also be
used exclusively for cargo or for mixed operations. In the latter
case, two supplementary cargo containers installed at the front of
the aircraft authorize an additional load of 4.4 m3 together with
30 passengers at the rear.
Stéphane Artano, President of SAEMAI
and President of the Territorial Council of Saint Pierre
and Miquelon said, “The archipelago has purchased its
first ATR 42-500 to improve the service offered by Air
Saint Pierre to the inhabitants of Saint Pierre and
Miquelon. The Territorial Council is particularly
pleased to have supported this major business case for
Rémy Briand, Chief Executive Officer
of Air Saint Pierre, said that he was “very pleased to
receive the first ATR 42-500 of the company, as it will
enable us to offer our passengers a much higher level of
comfort as well as a larger load capacity.”
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