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Thu, 20 June 2019

Air Tahiti Orders Two ATR 42-600 STOL Aircraft

Air Tahiti has ordered two ATR 42-600S, the new version of the ATR 42 offering enhanced take-off and landing capabilities on short runways.

ATR has already started taking orders for the new aircraft despite not having been approved by the company’s Board of Directors, something which is expected to happen before the end of the year.

The ATR 42-600S is a STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) version of the ATR 42-600 which has been enhanced to reduce the required take-off and landing distances, down from 1,050 metres at present to just 800 metres.

Air Tahiti ATR 42-600. Click to enlarge.

Manate Vivish, General Manager of Air Tahiti, said, “I am so happy to be part of the launch of this new version of the ATR. This turboprop has already earned worldwide recognition for its high-quality performance, especially for island networks. The ATR 42-600S will enable us to use higher-capacity aircraft for destinations which until now had only been accessible with much smaller aircraft. This is excellent news, both for the inhabitants of the archipelago and for the tourists who visit us.”

The new aircraft will be operated by the Polynesian airline on routes interconnecting the Marquesas Islands. They will allow an increase in the number of passengers carried to certain destinations in the archipelago, such as Ua Pou or Ua Huka, currently served only by smaller aircraft. The introduction of these new aircraft is also a response to the airline’s desire to continue to harmonise its regional fleet around ATRs, which Air Tahiti has been operating for over 30 years already.

Stefano Bortoli, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “Air Tahiti has been one of our best ambassadors for over 30 years. Day after day, the airline demonstrates our aircraft’s ability to serve island communities in a sustainable, responsible way. We are proud to announce that Air Tahiti is the launch customer for our ATR 42-600S, and we are convinced that this enhanced version will help the airline boost connectivity between communities even further, and support local development even more effectively.”

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