Latin-American carrier Avianca takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600
- The Latin-American carrier Avianca took delivery today of the first of 15 ATR 72-600s that it commissioned in late 2012, with the signing of a contract which also included options for 15 more aircraft and which was valued at over US$ 700 million.
The aircraft delivered today at the Paris Air Show is configured with 68 seats and is equipped with the new 'Armonia' cabin, a major development of the ATR '-600' series, ensuring optimal passenger comfort. With the delivery of this aircraft, Avianca begins an ambitious process of developing and modernizing its regional network in Colombia and Central America.
Speaking about this delivery, Fabio Villegas Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer of Avianca said: "We are very pleased to begin introducing the ATR 72-600 into our regional fleet. These aircraft will enable us to further increase our service standards while operating our regional routes even more efficiently. Their advantages in terms of passenger comfort, as well as their excellent performance on high-altitude runways perfectly match the requirements of our regional network. They will also enable us to increase our seating offer and reduce operating costs”.
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Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, said: "Latin America has proven to be a very important market for us recently. We have doubled our presence in this region in the last five years, positioning our aircraft as essential tools for the strong growth in regional traffic. We are particularly proud to be associated with Avianca, a company with a great reputation and prestige, and to be able to place reliability, comfort, low operating costs and low environmental footprints of the ATR 72-600 at the service of their growth in region."
Source : ATR Aircraft - an Alenia Aeronautical and EADS joint venture