UTair Orders 20 ATR 72-500s

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The Russian carrier UTair, has signed a contract for the purchase of 20 ATR 72-500s. The deal is valued at around US$ 426 million.

With the entry into service of these new aircraft, UTair will respond to the increasing market demand for regional connectivity in Russia and also in Ukraine. The airline will add seat capacity on existing routes and will develop new routes in both countries.

UTair operates a fleet of 17 ATRs: 12 ATR 42-300s and 3 ATR 72-200s in Russia, plus 2 ATR 42-300s operated by its subsidiary UTair Ukraine. With the delivery of the new 20 ATR 72-500s, UTair will become the largest operator of ATR aircraft in Europe, with 37 ATRs.

The delivery of these new aircraft will bring to more than 50 the number of ATRs operated by Russian, Ukrainian and other CIS countries carriers.

Commenting on the contract, Andrey Martirosov, UTair Chief Executive Officer, said, We are pleased to modernize and almost double our ATR fleet with the acquisition of these new ATR 72-500s.The ATR aircraft have proven themselves as the right tool for regional connections in the Russian Federation and Ukraine. These aircraft have notably proven their ability to operate reliably and profitably not only in the European environment but in the harsh Siberian conditions. Providing state-ofthe-art comfort and a reliable service to our passengers at affordable fares are key factors of our choice for the ATR 72-500s. 

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