Air Corsica has confirmed a firm order for two ATR 72-600 turboprops, ATR said on Monday.
The aircraft will be delivered in the first half of 2024 and will allow the remaining ATR 72-500 to be removed from service.
The Ajaccio-based airline will have seven ATR 72-600s in its fleet, all equipped with PW127XT engines, which are 3% more economical and reduce maintenance costs by 20%.
Air Corsica was the first customer for the ATR equipped with the upgraded Pratt & Whitney engines, in late 2022.
“By harmonizing our fleet around the ATR 72-600 aircraft, we will continue to actively contribute to our island’s economic prosperity, providing our customers with a fast, reliable, economical and socially responsible means of transport,” said Marie-Hélène Casanova-Servas , President of Air Corsica’s Supervisory Board.
“We are proud to support Air Corsica with its fleet upgrade, and to set together new standards for regional aviation. Air Corsica was the launch customer of the PW127XT engine, and the first ATR operator in the world to integrate USB sockets in all its seats,” said ATR CEO Nathalie Tarnaud Laude.
Air Corsica’s fleet also includes six Airbus A320s, two of them Neo models, which together with ATR maintain the flight network from the island in the Mediterranean to destinations in France.