Brazilian carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras,
has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first ATR 72-600 regional
turboprop aircraft to be delivered to a Latin American customer.
Azul has placed orders for a total of 30 ATR
72-600s, with options an additional 10 aircraft.
In addition to its ATR 72s, Azul operates a jet
fleet of Embraer 190s and 195s.
The airline was founded
in December 2008, and in less than three years has developed an
extensive network of 40 destinations throughout Brazil.
introduction of its new fleet of ATR 72-600s, Azul will continue
to support its growing national jet network with shorter haul
regional routes. With its current fleet of 8 ATR 72s, Azul serves
more cities within the economically vibrant state of Sao Paulo
from its Campinas base than any other carrier.
David Neeleman, Founder and Chairman
of the Board of Azul, said, “We are delighted to introduce the
new ATR -600 series in Brazil and to be among the very first
operators of the newest generation turboprops in the world. In
addition to offering our passengers the highest standards of
comfort, we are committed to making flying more accessible to
Brazilian customers in terms of both frequency and cost. This
aircraft fits this mission perfectly.”
Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, added, “With the new
ATR 72-600s, the Brazilian regional passengers will have the opportunity of experiencing the new ‘Armonia’
features the most advanced technologies in terms of comfort,
including larger overhead bins and thinner seats with more
legroom. Brazil is a very dynamic market and we are convinced that
the performance of the ATRs, coupled with the high levels of
comfort proposed to passengers, will continue providing us
expansion opportunities across the country and in the whole Latin
capacity: 68-74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000
Maximum range with full passenger load: 899
nautical miles (1,665 kms
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