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Indonesias Lion Group Takes Delivery of 50th ATR 72-600

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 15 June 2015

Indonesias Lion Group, ATRs largest customer, has taken delivery of its 50th ATR 72-600 of the 100 aircraft ordered to date.

The ATR 72-600 will enter service this month with Lion Group's regional subsidiary company, Wings Air, which already operates a fleet of 40 ATR aircraft in Indonesia. The remaining 50 ATR 72-600s will be delivered between 2015 and 2019.

Edward Sirait, Chairman of the Lion Group, said, This is an important milestone for Wings and the Lion Group, as we pioneered the Indonesia remote provinces feeder market with our first ATR 72s only 6 years ago and now are looking at the 50th ATR 72 and soon 100th for Lion Group and Indonesia. Wings Air is glad to fly the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient aircraft available, setting new standards in reliability and comfort. The new-generation ATRs have been very successful for us, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest wherever we have deployed the aircraft.

In November 2014, the Lion Group signed a Purchase Agreement with a value of US$ 1 Billion for an additional 40 ATR turboprops aircraft, bringing its firm order total to 100 ATRs.

The aircraft will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years, both within the groups existing operators networks and to develop other opportunities for ATR operations throughout Asia.

The Asia Pacific region has become a core market for ATR, accounting for 30% of all orders recorded to date. Today, there are some 350 ATR aircraft in service with over 50 operators across the region. Another 112 ATRs on order are with customers for future delivery. This represents nearly 45% of the company's total backlog.

ATR 72-600

Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127 M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power 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-km)

Lion, Wings Air, ATR, ATR 72-600

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