European Turboprop manufacturer ATR and Trinidad
and Tobago’s Caribbean Airlines have signed an agreement for the
purchase of 9 ATR 72-600 aircraft.
With this US$ 200 million
order, Caribbean Airlines will become a new ATR operator. The
aircraft are configured with 68 seats and equipped with the new
ATR -600 series avionics suite and with the new Armonia Cabin.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in late 2011.
With its fleet of brand new ATR 72-600s, this
flag carrier will replace its current fleet of 5 Dash-8 300
aircraft, while adding new frequencies linking Trinidad and Tobago
and surrounding destinations. In addition, several of the new ATRs
will be operated in the route network of Air Jamaica, which was recently
acquired by Caribbean Airlines.
Commenting on the deal, Captain Ian
Brunton, Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Airlines, said,
“The acquisition of the ATR 72-600s will allow Caribbean Airlines
to continue to develop and improve the offering to our customers.
The low operating costs and fuel consumption of the aircraft are
particularly appealing and provide us with tremendous flexibility
in adding frequencies and developing new markets in the regional
Caribbean Airlines began operations on 1 January
2007 and currently serves 13 markets in the Caribbean, South
America and North America, operating a core schedule of 530 weekly
departures with a fleet of 13 aircraft.
Caribbean Airlines recently acquired Air Jamaica
and has embarked on realizing its vision of “one Caribbean
Airline”. The Air Jamaica operation of Caribbean Airlines
presently serves 4 destinations in the USA and Canada as well as
Grenada and the Bahamas with a fleet of 6 aircraft.
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