Braathens Aviation Commits to Up to 15 ATR 72-600s
(Source: ATR Consortium; issued June 16, 2015)
LE BOURGET, France --- ATR and Sweden-based Braathens Aviation today signed a contract for the purchase of 5 ATR 72-600s and 10 optional aircraft as part of the company's fleet upgrade strategy. Deliveries will commence at the end of 2015.
The new aircraft, which will seat 72 passengers, will be operated on the carrier's regional services in Sweden.. The ATR 72-600 will join an existing fleet of 5 ATR 72-500 airplanes operated by Braathens Regional from its base at Bromma Airport (Stockholm City Airport). The new ATR planes will enable Braathens Aviation to press on with an expansion plan and replace aging Saab 2000 units, while its overall ATR fleet will grow.
These new turboprops will benefit from the latest technological developments that distinguish the ATR -600s with a modern avionics suite, superior cabin interiors, and enhanced engine performance. The 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.
"We are delighted to be adding these newest generation ATR 72-600 aircraft to our fleet," said Per G. Braathen, Chairman of Braathens Aviation. "These modern ATR aircraft are remarkably fuel-efficient and will help us run our regional operations more effectively while offering superior passenger comfort and a reduced environmental footprint. The new ATRs will support the strong growth in Scandinavia's regional air transport we anticipate over the coming years."
Commenting on the deal Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We are honored by the vote of confidence that Braathens Aviation gave to ATR today. We believe the company's fleet adjustments will provide them with increased competitive ability to match demand and capacity throughout their network."
With over 260 ATRs in service in the liveries of more than 60 operators, Europe is ATR's second largest market today. Since the beginning of the program, ATR orders in the region account for nearly 30 per cent of all ATR sales.
Braathens Aviation carries out operations related to air travel with the focus on domestic and regional flights in Sweden. Its operating hub is Bromma Stockholm Airport, the airport nearest downtown Stockholm. Braathens Aviation consists of different companies that carry out a range of activities related to air travel, principally in the Swedish domestic market.
Cebu Pacific Places An Order for 16 ATR 72-600s
(Source: ATR Consortium; issued June 16, 2015)
LE BOURGET, France --- The Philippines' leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air, ordered 16 ATR72 -600 from ATR, the European Turboprop aircraft manufacturer. At the Paris Air Show, Cebu Pacific and ATR announced that the deal includes options to acquire an additional 10 ATR72-600, valuing the total aircraft order at US$673 million, based on current list prices.
The order is part of Cebu Pacific's fleet renewal program. Cebu Pacific currently operates a fleet of eight ATR 72-500 aircraft, which will be retired as the new aircraft enter service. The entry into service of the ATR 72-600 will see Cebu Pacific double its Turboprop fleet with new generation aircraft to meet growing demand in the Philippines for inter-island service.
ATR aircraft enjoy a high reputation not only for versatility but also for their ability to operate on short runways. This will allow Cebu Pacific to expand its operations not only on main airports but also to several other airports around the country, enabling Cebu Pacific to continue to play a leading role in the development of regional transport, tourism, and local economy in the Philippines.
The ATR 72-600 ordered by Cebu Pacific will be equipped, for the first time, with the high density Armonia cabin, the widest cabin in the turboprop market. It will be equipped with 78 slim-line seats and wider overhead bins with 30% more stowage space. These new technological innovations further enhance space and comfort for passengers.
About 330 ATRs – including more than 100 ATR 72-600s – are currently operated by 55 airlines in the Asia-Pacific region, where for many years now, are seen as the reference regional aircraft. The ATR 72-600 has the lowest seat per mile cost on the 70 seat segment, with significantly lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to similar class aircraft.
On their new order from ATR, Lance Y. Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific states: "We have been operating ATR aircraft since 2008, and they have enabled us to bring safe, reliable, and affordable air transport to smaller cities and islands throughout the Philippines. This order is an affirmation of our commitment to extend the convenience of affordable air travel to even more communities. We are very pleased to be the launch customer of this new configuration of the ATR 72-600, as this will allow us to offer our customers more seats at even lower fares."
Patrick de Castelbajac, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, declares to be "very happy to continue our partnership with one of the leading airlines in South-East Asia and to contribute to the expansion of its network throughout the islands of the archipelago". Cebu Pacific will also be able to benefit from the vast support network for ATR operators in Asia. When their first ATR 72-600 arrives, there will be five ATR pilot training centers in the region".
Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline. CEB currently operates a fleet of 55 aircraft comprised of 10 Airbus A319, 31 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft.
Founded in 1981, ATR has become the world leader on the market for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1500 aircraft. With over 24 million flight hours, ATR models equip the fleets of over 190 airlines in more than 90 countries. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company) and the Airbus Group. Its head office is in Toulouse.