ATR signed two new sales contracts for the ATR 72-600 turboprop at the opening of the Dubai Airshow. TAROM, from Romania, and Binter Canarias, which operates in the archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, are customers that already operate the aircraft.
Romania’s flag carrier has signed an order for three more ATR 72-600, which will bring the total fleet to seven aircraft.
“Having been an ATR pilot, I have witnessed first-hand, the importance of the connectivity that they provide. They are an essential link to communities all over Romania. As a CEO, I also see the value of their efficiency and flexibility,” said TAROM Chief Executive Officer Catalin Prunariu.
TAROM also has four ATR 42-500 configured with 48 seats and which must give up some routes for the higher capacity version.
Binter will have 23 ATR in its fleet
One of the traditional ATR operators, Binter Canarias received its first aircraft in 1990 and since then 48 of the model’s turboprops have passed through the company.
The new firm order involves four ATR 72-600 with an option for an additional plane. According to the manufacturer, the agreement will conclude the renewal of the company’s fleet in order to replace its last ATR 72-500.
“Ever since its first delivery ATR aircraft had an immediate and enduring impact on our operations. The ATR 72-600 has become our flagship aircraft and with 23 of them in our fleet, upon the completion of these deliveries, it provides the backbone of air connectivity throughout the Canary Islands,” stated Rodolfo Nunez President of Binter Canarias.
In addition to the ATR, Binter has five Embraer E195-E2 jets, the manufacturer’s largest model.