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TransAsia Airways Takes Delivery of First ATR 72-600

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 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

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 in 1991.

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 Executive Officer of ATR.

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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