PNG Air has ordered three ATR 42-600S aircraft.
The deal means that PNG Air has become the launch
customer of the STOL version of the ATR 42-600.
The ATR 42-600S will be capable of taking-off from
and landing on runways that are as short as 800m in length, with
40 passengers on board in standard flight conditions.
The three new STOL aircraft will replace PNG Air’s current
fleet of ageing turboprops.
Paul Abbot, Chief Executive
Officer of PNG Air, said, “Since incorporating the ATR 72-600 into
our fleet PNG Air has gone from strength to strength, benefitting
from its unrivalled efficiency, as it burns 40% less fuel and
emits 40% less CO2 than a similar sized regional jet. When looking
at options to replace our existing STOL fleet, the ATR -600
family’s maintenance costs and commonality were hugely attractive.
This commonality will lead to greater efficiency in terms of both
spare parts and pilot training. We are also looking forward to
introducing passengers travelling to and from our destinations
with short runways to the comfort of the modern ATR -600 series
With this new version, ATR forecasts to expand the
addressable market by 25%, targeting new routes and the 30-seater
STOL segment. ATR says that there is strong interest from airlines for a new
50-seat product capable of operating in more constrained
conditions. Close to 500 airports have a runway of between
800m and 1,000m with nearly a third of
those runways in Asia Pacific.
ATR Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Bortoli,
said, “The decision to replace their existing STOL fleet with our
ATR 42-600S represents an intelligent acquisition and is a perfect
example of why this aircraft is such an important solution for the
regional aviation market. People and businesses around the world
depend on the connectivity that ATR aircraft provide. Without a
viable STOL replacement PNG Air’s passengers would face
significant challenges to their way of life. As a successful
airline PNG Air have shown that they understand the importance of
these links to their passengers and the communities that they