Silk Avia ATR 72-600 livery

Uzbekistan’s Silk Avia receives its first new ATR 72-600

Turboprop is the fourth aircraft in the fleet and was leased by Nordic Aviation Capital

A subsidiary of Uzbekistan Airways, Silk Avia took delivery of its fourth ATR 72-600 turboprop on February 16.

The aircraft, however, is the first received directly from ATR’s plant in Toulouse while its three other planes are second-hand.

The new ATR 72-600, UK72604 register, is part of a leasing agreement reached with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for two aircraft.

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Silk Avia and ATR also signed an agreement in 2022 to supply another three 70-seat turboprops.

According to the manufacturer, it is the first new ATR delivered to a customer in Central Asia.

Silk Avia first new ATR 72-600 (SA)

“Silk Avia, which has become part of Uzbekistan Airways Group, has set an ambitious goal to become a leader in air transportation on domestic routes of the country. This type of aircraft will help to provide the necessary conditions for a comfortable flight”, said Shukhrat Khudaykulov, Chairman Uzbekistan Airways.

“We warmly welcome Silk Avia to the ATR family. Their selection of the ATR 72-600 marks an important step as we begin operations in the promising market of Uzbekistan and wider Central Asia,” added Alexis Vidal, ATR’s SVP Commercial.

Silk Avia’s first new ATR 72-600 had been delivered to NAC in December and flew on February 16 to Tashkent International Airport, in Uzbekistan, still without its operator’s livery.


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