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Air New Zealand Takes Delivery of First ATR 72-600

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Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft, which is painted in striking all black livery, as part of the airlines support for New Zealands national rugby team, the All Blacks.

 The airline has a firm contract for seven 68-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft, plus options for another five, in a deal worth more than US $270 million.

Deliveries of the seven ATR 72-600s are due to be completed in 2016.

This first ATR 72-600, configured with 68 seats, is scheduled to enter service early in November, with a first flight between Christchurch and Wellington.

 The new aircraft features the brand new Armonia cabin interior, with improved seating and larger overhead luggage bins.

Air New Zealand currently has a fleet of eleven ATR 72-500 aircraft in service with its subsidiary Mount Cook. The arrival of the new fleet of ATR 72-600s will grow Mount Cooks ATR fleet and will enable the airline to further expand its domestic operations with new destinations and frequencies.

The airline will also optimize seat capacity offering on selected markets, by replacing smaller aircraft types on its regional network.

Air New Zealand has been operating ATR aircraft for nearly 20 years since the introduction of its first ATR -an ATR 72-200- in 1994.

Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe said, The ATR 72-600 order potentially doubles the size of Air New Zealands ATR fleet and will put two million additional regional seats into the market.

Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, added, Almost 20 years ago, Air New Zealand was one of the first airlines in the south-west Pacific region to introduce ATR airliners into its fleet, and now it is among the first in the region to fly the series 600. The ATR 72-600 is the most fuel-efficient regional aircraft in the 50-70 seat market. It is also the greenest, emitting less CO2 and making less noise than any comparable aircraft in the market today.

 ATR 72-600

Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney Canada PW 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg
Maximum load: 7,500 Kg
Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)

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