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Vietnam Airlines expands Regional Fleet with 5 new ATR 72-500s

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Monday, 10 December  2007

ATR and Vietnam Airlines have signed a contract for the purchase of 5 new ATR 72-500s. This contract, will allow the airline to expand its ATR fleet and continue the renewal of its current fleet of ATR 72-200s. The airline started operating ATR aircraft in 1992 and todays fleet includes 7 ATR 72-200s and 3 ATR 72-500s.

These new ATR aircraft, configured with 70-seats, will be equipped with the Elegance cabin and Light Emitting Diode (LED), as well as with state-of-the-art technological innovations in passenger comfort, communications and navigation aid tools. Deliveries of these aircraft will start by the end of 2009.

Commenting on the deal, Nguyen Sy Hung, Chairman of Vietnam Airlines, said, We do have a very high confidence in the ATR family of aircraft, that we have operated successfully for years. In 2001 we introduced 3 ATR 72-500s to expand and upgrade our fleet with -500 series aircraft. Now its time to start harmonizing our whole fleet with aircraft offering an optimal comfort to the passengers and the lowest operating and maintenance costs.

Stphane Mayer, ATR CEO, underlined the importance of Vietnam and the whole Asian market in the success of the ATR programme. He said, In the last three years, we have booked orders with Asian customers for more than 100 new aircraft. Their choice of ATR aircraft to update their fleets reflects their confidence in the improved performance, technologies and comfort of our aircraft.

Our commercial success in Asia is coupled by an increasing presence of ATR in the region. In a short period, we have opened spare parts, customer support and training centers, in order to improve also a very high and quality-rated service to our  clients. Being close to their needs and support them is a key point of the ATRs strategy of development.

Since the beginning of the year, ATR has received orders for 88 new aircraft, some of them not yet unveiled. Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has sold 925 aircraft (416 ATR 42s and 509 ATR 72s) and has delivered 746 (396 ATR 42s and 350 ATR 72s), thus posting a current backlog of 179 aircraft.

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