Hi Air has taken delivery of its second ATR 72-500.
Based in Ulsan, South Korea, Hi Air is currently
waiting to receive its AOC. Once it gets the green light to
commence operations Hi Air plans to launch domestic
services before beginning short-haul international flights.
the ATR aircraft because it has lower fuel burn, can take off and
land from short runways and is well supported in the region in
terms of maintenance and training,” said Hi Air chairman and CEO, Hyung Khan Yun.
There are over
470 ATR aircraft operating across 68 operators in 25 countries in
Asia Pacific. ATR
forecasts that the Asia Pacific market will require some 740
more aircraft before 2038. Many of these aircraft will be required to
operate 440 new routes.
Jean-Daniel Kosowski, ATR Sales Director, said,
“The ATR is the right aircraft for Korea because it can operate
profitably on thinner routes, but also provides passengers with a
comfortable and pleasant inflight experience. That is why ATR is
the market leader in this segment worldwide, with 200 operators in
100 countries around the world successfully flying our aircraft.”