(Jakarta, August 24, 2007) -- ATR and the Indonesian low cost carrier Batavia Air today signed a contract for the acquisition of a fleet of 10 new ATR 72-500s and options for 10 additional aircraft. This major contract is the first ever signed by an Indonesian airline for new ATRs.
With its new fleet of ATRs, Batavia Air will start operating state-of-the-art turboprops in order to optimize and expand their regional operations, currently served with Boeing and Airbus jets. The ATR72-500 will generate important cost savings, on fuel especially and will hence allow Batavia Air to develop into new untapped markets.
These new ATR aicraft, configured with 74-seats, will be equipped with the "Elegance" cabin, Light Emitting Diode (LED), Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and the newest technological innovations in passenger comfort, communications and navigation tools. In addition, one of the aircraft will be equipped with a Quick Change VIP Kit. A Medevac configuration will also improve access to health services for remote communities. Deliveries will extend until 2010.
Commenting on the contract, Pak Yudiawan, Batavia Air CEO, stated: "After a deep evaluation, we have chosen to fly ATR turboprops in our regional network because of their reliability and unbeatable economics. The high standards of comfort available on these aircraft, as well as the strong support activity of ATR in Asia were also key factors in our choice".
Stephane Mayer, ATR CEO, thanked the airline's confidence in ATR and expressed "the satisfaction of bringing for the first time '-500 series' ATRs into the Indonesian market". He added: "It is an honour for us to add Batavia Air to our growing list of Asian operators and we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with this dynamic and growing airline".