Ecuador’s national flag carrier TAME has taken
delivery of the first ATR 42-500 that will operate in the country.
The European turboprop manufacturer ATR and TAME inked a US$ 54
million dollars contract for three of these aircraft at the last
Paris Air Show, in June 2011.
The new aircraft will enable the airline to develop public service
routes across the country. With these new ATR 42-500s, TAME will
bring air connections to some remote Ecuadorian areas, while
feeding main national airports at Quito and Guayaquil.
Commenting on the first delivery, General
Gustavo Cuesta, Chief Executive Officer of TAME, said, “The ATR
42-500s are optimally suited for the type of public service routes
we want to develop in Ecuador, as they provide the lowest
operating and maintenance costs, and feature optimal performance
in hot and high environments and short runways.”
Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR,
added, “This new delivery demonstrates there is clearly a
market niche for 50-seat aircraft, while we are today the only
manufacturer proposing aircraft of this capacity. We are happy of
adding TAME among our increasing list of operators in Latin
America. ATRs are becoming really popular aircraft in this region.
There is today more than 120 ATR aircraft flying daily in Latin
America for almost 30 operators. Also, Latin America represents
more than 20% of our current historical backlog of over 270
Passenger capacity: 50 seats
Engines: Pratt &
Maximum power at take-off: 2,400 horse power per
Maximum weight at take-off: 18,600 kgs
payload: 5,500 kgs
Maximum range with full passenger load: 801
nautical miles (1,483 kms)
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