Trinidad and Tobago’s flag carrier, Caribbean
Airlines, has signed a contract for the purchase of 9 ATR 72-600
aircraft, valued at some US$ 200 million.
The signing of this
deal, which follows a Memorandum of Understanding announced in
2010, will enable the airline to become a new ATR operator. First
deliveries will start in October 2011.
The aircraft are configured with 68 seats and
equipped with the new ATR -600 series avionics suite and with the
new Armonia Cabin, which features new lighter seats and larger
With its fleet of brand new ATR 72-600s, Caribbean
Airlines will replace its current fleet of 5 Dash-8 300 aircraft
in its domestic routes, and add new frequencies linking Trinidad
and Tobago and surrounding destinations. In addition, some of the
new ATRs will be operated in the route network of Air Jamaica,
which was recently acquired by Caribbean Airlines.
today more than 160 aircraft in operation and on order with nearly
30 airlines in the Caribbean and Latin American region.
Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR,
said, “In the last months we have experienced a strong commercial
success in the Americas, which has represented almost 50% of our
order intakes in 2010. The growing economies of the region are
strongly developing their regional connectivity. Our ATR aircraft
are optimally positioned to answer to their needs by providing
unrivalled performances on routes under 400 nautical miles, both
in terms of operating costs and environmental impact. Also, the
ATR aircraft provide the right answer to the increasing demands in
terms of passenger comfort level.”
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