Taiwan's TransAsia Airways has taken
delivery of its first new ATR 72-600.
The plane is the first of 12
ATR 72-600s ordered by TransAsia Airways as part of its fleet
renewal and growth program.
The remaining 11 aircraft, which will gradually
replace the aircraft currently operated by TransAsia, are
scheduled to be delivered within the next two years.
ATR's Chief Executive Officer, Filippo Bagnato.
TransAsia Airways' ATR 72-600 is
configured with 72 seats in an all economy layout.
Vincent Lin, TransAsia Airways
chairman, said that the investment in new aircraft with ATR will support the company's ambitious growth plans, “TransAsia welcomes
the arrival of the first of 12 ATR 72-600s, the most eco-efficient
among regional aircraft. We are ready to further expand our
regional offering and to support the addition of new routes and
frequencies on existing routes. The introduction of our new planes
will support this growth. It is also an exciting experience for
our customers as the new planes – ATR 600s – offer the most modern
design in terms of cabin comfort for our passengers.”
Founded in 1951, TransAsia Airways has become a
major regional player, focusing on intra-Asia, cross-Strait and
domestic flights. TransAsia Airways' destinations within Asia
currently include Japan, South Korea, Thailand, China and Macau.
TransAsia Airways took delivery of its first ATR 72-200 aircraft
The airline will start commercial services on
21 February 2014 from Taipei Songshan Airport to Magong, gradually
expanding services to other domestic routes.
“ATR is proud to support the growth of TransAsia
Airways in the region. We are happy to partner with such
prestigious operators. We are also glad to develop the presence of
the new ATR -600s in Asia, a market where we the demand for new
generation ATR turboprops is skyrocketing - due to the increasing
operating costs for airlines and to the fact that there are many
airline fleets due for renewal soon,” said Filippo Bagnato, Chief
Officer of ATR.
Passenger capacity: 68 to
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
power: 2,750 horsepower per engine
Maximum takeoff weight:
Maximum load: 7,500 kgs
Maximum flight range when
fully loaded: 900 nautical miles (1,665 kms)
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