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Tue, 15 December 2015

Braathens Aviation Orders 4 More ATR 72-600s

Stockholm-based Braathens Aviation has signed an agreement with ATR for the purchase of four additional ATR 72-600s.

The deal represents the conversion into firm orders of four options from a previous deal inked at the Paris Air Show in June 2015. On that occasion, ATR and Braathens Aviation signed a deal for five firm ATR 72-600s and ten options.

The aircraft will be operated by the groups subsidiary airline Braathens Regional.

Braathens Aviation will progressively introduce its ATR -600s fleet until the end of next year. The arrival of these nine brand new ATRs, configured with 72 seats and mainly operated in flights to and from the Stockholm-Bromma airport, responds to the aim of Braathens Aviation to upgrade and optimize its regional aircraft fleet.

The new ATR 72-600s will partially replace aging Saab 2000s and, in a second step, ATR 72-500s, thus adding seat capacity and introducing the latest standards of comfort and navigation tools to its overall fleet.

Braathens new ATR 72-600s aircraft will feature additional navigation capabilities including onboard reception functions needed for precision navigation and landing such as the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) capability.

The aircraft are also equipped with PW127M engines, which are certified to operate with biofuel.

We are particularly pleased to bring into our fleet an aircraft which is reputed worldwide by its fuel-efficiency, environmental friendliness and ability to operate at small airports, said Per G. Braathen, Chairman of Braathens Aviation. Providing our passengers with aircraft featuring the most modern standards of comfort is a substantial part of our fleet development. We are very satisfied with the outstanding levels of service and performance that the ATR aircraft have provided us for years, and we consider that the transition into the new ATR -600s is a natural step in our fruitful partnership. 

ATR 72-600

Passenger capacity: 68-78 seats

Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M

Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horsepower per engine

Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg (50,705 lb)

Maximum load: 7,500 Kg (16,534 lb)

Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km).

ATR, Braathens Aviation, Stockholm, Sweden

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