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Avation Plc Takes Delivery of its First ATR 72-600 in Asia Pacific

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 7 August 2012
 

The first ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft destined for the Asia Pacific region was delivered to the leasing company Avation Plc, as part of an agreement with Australian regional carrier Skywest Airlines and Virgin Australia.

The aircraft was received by Avations Chief Operating Officer, Rod Mahoney, at ATRs manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France.

Avation Plc has placed firm orders for nine ATR 72-600 aircraft to be operated on Australian regional routes and has options to purchase another eight ATR 72-600s. The company already has placed six ATR 72-500s in Australia as part of the agreement.

The ATR 72-600 is the latest addition to the ATR aircraft family, and features a new full-glass cockpit, awarded Giugiaro-designed cabin interiors and PW 127M engines.

Jeff Chatfield, Chairman and Founding Director of Avation Plc, said, This is the first of a series of ATR 72-600s we are buying and we are delighted that it will be the first operating in the Asia Pacific region where we are successfully operating on a number of Australian regional routes. The acquisition is in line with our strategy to own and maintain a fleet aircraft which are of a low age and very fuel efficient and which as a result, have a high residual value to shareholders.

ATR 72-600

Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horsepower per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 kg
Maximum load: 7,500 kg
Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 kilometres)

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