Brazilian carrier Passaredo Linhas Aéreas has
added the new ATR 72-600 into its fleet.
The airline and the
US-based leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC) entered
into an agreement for the introduction of four ATR 72-600s, and
this week took delivery of the very first of these aircraft at the ATR
facilities in Toulouse, France.
ATR and Passaredo used the delivery ceremony to officially
that they have signed a contract for the purchase of ten ATR 72-600s
plus ten options, valued at some US$ 450 million.
The airline will
introduce the four ATRs leased from ALC and the ten firm aircraft
booked with the aircraft manufacturer progressively in 2012, 2013
and 2014, thus bringing to 14 its total fleet of ATR 72-600s.
addition to this fleet of ATR 72-600s, Passaredo will also start
operating this year two leased ATR 72-500s.
arrival of these new 70-seat ATRs, Passaredo will progressively
add passenger capacity and substantially reduce seat-costs on its
regional network. The airline will benefit from its Interline
Agreement with Brazil's GOL group and will
further develop its regional network with the introduction of new
routes across the country.
Luiz Felicio, President of Passaredo Linhas
Aéreas, said, “The ATR aircraft is proving itself as the right
tool for regional operations in Brazil, as it combines highly
reliable performance at small airfields and short runways with the
highest standards of passenger comfort and very limited
environmental footprint. Both from a cost and modernity
perspective, the ATR 72-600 aircraft is definitely the best suited
regional aircraft for short-haul operations in Brazil.”
ATR is well established in Latin America
and the Caribbean region, with more than 130 aircraft flying in
the livery of 29 operators, including more than 60 aircraft
currently being operated in Brazil. Within the next three years,
the number of ATRs flying in Brazil will grow beyond 100 aircraft.
Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse
power per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 kgs
Maximum load: 7,500 kgs
Maximum range with full passenger load:
899 nautical miles (1,665 Kms)
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