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Bangkok Airways Signs Deal to Upgrade ATRs

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[HD video below] At this week's Singapore Airshow, the world's leading turboprop aircraft manufacturer - ATR, signed a deal with Thailand's Bangkok Airways.

The airline signed a firm order for six ATR 72-600 aircraft with two options, valued at almost US$ 200 million.

Bangkok Airways has been operating ATR aircraft for two decades and currently operates a fleet of eight ATR 72-500s. These brand new ATR 72-600s, which offer much greater passenger comfort among other things, will replace the older -500s.

ATR's Chief Executive Officer, Filippo Bagnato

ATR's Chief Executive Officer, Filippo Bagnato.

The first of the six aircraft will be delivered to Bangkok Airways at the end of 2014, with 4 to be delivered in 2015 and the sixth to be delivered in 2016.

There are currently more than 270 ATR aircraft in operation in Asia Pacific, flying the colors of 50 airlines. ATR has taken orders for more than 320 aircraft from airlines in Asia Pacific since 2005, a figure that accounts for two-thirds of total sales of regional aircraft with less than 90 seats in the region.

Commenting on the new contract, Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways, said, The arrival of these new ATR 72-600 aircraft is the logical continuation of a long-standing partnership that has achieved excellent results over time. The ATRs are an integral part of our airline's identity and of our top-quality services to the most attractive tourist destinations in the country. We are looking forward to the arrival of our new ATRs, as they will allow us to offer even more comfortable flying conditions to our customers.

ATR's Chief Executive Officer, Filippo Bagnato, added that he was delighted to renew the partnership with Bangkok Airways, an airline that was a pioneer in the introduction of our aircraft not only in Thailand, but throughout South-East Asia. Airlines like Bangkok Airways have allowed us to consolidate our presence in the region and to demonstrate the multiple advantages of our aircraft for short-haul networks. We are very grateful that Bangkok Airways has renewed its confidence in ATR and we are proud to continue to move forward with them, now with the newest ATR -600s.

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ATR 72-600

Passenger capacity: 68 to 74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum takeoff power: 2,750 horsepower per engine
Maximum takeoff weight: 23,000 kgs
Maximum load: 7,500 kgs
Maximum flight range when fully loaded: 900 nautical miles (1,665 kms)

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