Flybe, a regional airline based in the
UK, has added an ATR 72-600
aircraft into its fleet.
The aircraft has been delivered to Flybe
from the leasing firm Avation PLC, and will operate from Sweden in
the livery of Flybe’s new partner in Northern Europe, Scandinavian
During 2015 and 2016, Flybe will
incorporate into the SAS network five new 70-seat ATR 72-600s
leased from Avation. The aircraft will be based at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport from where they will serve selected SAS domestic
and regional destinations.
The operation of these aircraft is a
result of a six-year white label partnership
recently established between Flybe and SAS, Scandinavia’s largest
Commenting on the delivery of the
aircraft, Avation Plc Executive Chairman, Jeff Chatfield said, “We
are satisfied with the financial outcome of owning over 20 ATRs we
have flying today in the liveries of several airlines in a variety
of countries and environments. We are pleased to be associated
with two major European aviation operators like Flybe and SAS, and
we are confident that the introduction of these new ATR 72 -600s
may generate opportunities to place additional new ATRs in Europe
as airlines start replacing their earlier generation aircraft.”
Saad Hammad, Flybe’s Chief Executive Officer, said,
“We are pleased to be using the ATR 72-600 in our white label
programme for SAS which launches in October of this year. We have
worked closely with both Avation and ATR to make this happen and
look forward to a successful partnership with SAS.”
Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats.
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M.
Maximum power at
take-off: 2,750 horsepower per engine.
Maximum weight at
take-off: 50,705 lb (23,000 kg).
Maximum load: 16,535 lb
Maximum range with full passenger load: 900
nautical miles (1,665 km).
In Europe alone, some 270 ATR aircraft are
operating in the liveries of some 25 operators.
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