Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Air New Zealand orders ATRs

Posted by Neelam Mathews
Oct 19, 2011

Air New Zealand, the largest ATR operator in the Pacific region, has ordered 7 new generation ATR 72-600s, plus options for 5 additional aircraft.

The deal, subject to contract signing, is at list prices valued at more than $270 million, including options. The first of the 68 seat ATR72-600 aircraft will be delivered to Air New Zealand in October 2012. Deliveries will be completed in 2016.  

The airline, based in Auckland, New Zealand, currently operates 11 ATR 72-500 aircraft through its subsidiary carrier, Mount Cook Airline. 

Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand, said: “The ATR 72-500 has been a core part of our extensive regional operations in New Zealand since 1999. It has proven to be very popular with our customers and very cost-effective to operate.

“We now need to expand our fleet, not only to add frequencies on existing routes but to step up from smaller aircraft types. We know the ATR product well, and after careful consideration of several options, we believe this is the most cost-effective, environmentally conscious, and customer-friendly aircraft available in its market segment.”

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