Israir Takes Delivery of its First ATR 72-500

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Israeli airline Israir, has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-500, of a total order of two.

The aircraft, equipped with PW 127M engines, is configured to transport 72 passengers. It will be used to enhance the airline's domestic network, adding to its current fleet of three ATR 42-320 and two Airbus A320 aircraft. The second ATR 72-500 is scheduled for delivery at the end of July.

The two ATR 72-500s will allow the airline to increase its capacity and the number of flights operating on its main route from Tel Aviv Sde Dov (City Airport) to Eilat (Red Sea Resort). The airline will also be able to increase the number of charter flights to other Mediterranean tourist destinations. Israir is part of IDB Tourism group, the tourism activities branch of the Israeli holding company IDB Holdings.

David Kaminitz, Chairman of Israir, said, The entry into service of our new ATR 72-500 aircraft marks a new development phase for Israir and IDB Tourism. With these new aircraft, we will be able to offer a greater quality of service to our passengers, providing them with more choice and improved comfort. In addition, these 72-seat planes will enable us to reduce operating costs per seat.

 ATR 72-500

Passenger capacity: 68 to 74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum takeoff power: 2,750 HP per engine
Maximum takeoff weight: 22,800 kg
Maximum load: 7,000 kg
Maximum IFR range with full passenger load: 824 nautical miles (1,526 km)

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