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Caribbean Airways Commits To Latest ATR Aircraft

by Amanda Banks, London

30 September 2010

European turboprop manufacturer ATR and Trinidad and Tobago’s Caribbean Airlines have announced the signature of an agreement for the purchase of ATR 72-600 aircraft, worth USD200m.

The order will supply Caribbean Airlines with nine aircraft, seating 68, to be equipped with the redesigned ATR-600 series avionics suite and revamped cabin. Deliveries are to start in late-2011.

With its fleet of brand new ATR 72-600s, this flag carrier will replace its current fleet of 5 Dash-8 300 aircraft, while adding new flights linking Trinidad and Tobago and surrounding destinations. In addition, several of the new ATRs will be operated in the route network of Air Jamaica, recently acquired by Caribbean Airlines.

ATR has more than 160 aircraft in operation and on order with nearly 30 airlines in the Caribbean and Latin American region.

Commenting on the deal, Captain Ian Brunton, Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Airlines, said:

“The acquisition of the ATR 72-600s will allow Caribbean Airlines to continue to develop and improve the offering to our customers. The low operating costs and fuel consumption of the aircraft are particularly appealing and provide us with tremendous flexibility in adding frequencies and developing new markets in the regional sectors.”

Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, for his part said:

“We are pleased to welcome Caribbean Airlines as a new member of the ATR family. We see this agreement with Caribbean Airlines as an important step with great potential for cooperation and expansion with and in the region.”

Bagnato added: “The Caribbean and Latin American area has been an important market for ATR and we see strong potential for further increase in the regional fleets and networks.”

TAGS: aviation | Jamaica | Trinidad and Tobago

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