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Binter Canarias Orders Six ATR 72-600s

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Binter Canarias has signed a firm order for six ATR 72-600 aircraft, valued at almost US$ 150 million.

 These newest ATR '-600s' will begin the renewal process of the airline's current fleet of 18 ATR 72s which have been operating successfully in the inter-islands network for years.

With the progressive introduction of these new ATR 72-600s, starting in 2015, Binter Canarias will provide its passengers with increased standards of comfort, while further decreasing the airline's fuel consumption and seat/mile operating costs.

 ATR's Chief Executive Officer, Filippo Bagnato, said: We are honored by the fact that an airline operating an almost exclusive fleet of ATR aircraft obtained the Gold Award as Regional Airline of the Year in Europe last year. This is also a major recognition of the quality, modernity and operational capabilities of our aircraft. We are particularly proud of having built up such an outstanding partnership for more than two decades.

Created in 1988, Binter Canarias started operating its first ATR in 1989. As of today, the  the inter-Canary islands airline has got the largest, youngest and most environmental-friendly fleet of the archipelago. The airline, originally owned by Spain's flag carrier Iberia, was purchased in 2002 by a local group of entrepreneurs. Their 18 ATRs represent one of the largest fleet of ATR aircraft in Europe, and have transported more than 35 million passengers, not only in inter-archipelago operations, but also with direct flights to Morocco, Portugal's island Madeira and Cape Verde.

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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