SP's Airbuz - - News Brief -

ATR an­nounces its first deal of 2018 which sees the in­tro­duc­tion of the ATR -600 se­ries in the US, to be op­er­ated by Sil­ver Air­ways. The air­line will in­tro­duce 20 ATR -600 air­craft into its fleet, of which 16 will be ATR 42-600s and four will be ATR 72-600s. This fol­lows a deal be­tween ATR and Nordic Avi­a­tion Cap­i­tal (NAC) for the pur­chase of 15 ATR -600s, of which 12 will be ATR 42-600s and three will be ATR 72600s. These air­craft, along with five from an ex­ist­ing or­der be­tween ATR and NAC, will be leased to Sil­ver Air­ways, mak­ing them the first op­er­a­tor of ATR-600 se­ries air­craft in the US.

The air­craft or­der is also par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant given that it com­mem­o­rates the 100th new air­craft or­der that NAC has placed with the world’s lead­ing re­gional air­craft man­u­fac­turer. It is fur­ther tes­ta­ment to the lessor’s com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing its po­si­tion as the global leader in the re­gional air­craft leas­ing space.

The de­liv­ery and sub­se­quent en­try into ser­vice of the first -600 air­craft un­der the liv­ery of Sil­ver Air­ways will take place in March of this year. The air­craft, an ATR 42-600, will be con­fig­ured with 46 seats in a 2-2 seat­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion, with a pitch of up to 32 inches. The re­main­ing de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected to be com­pleted by the first quar­ter of 2020. Crew train­ing will be con­ducted by ATR at its new train­ing fa­cil­ity in Mi­ami, which is home to a Full Flight Sim­u­la­tor (FFS) for the ATR-600 se­ries air­craft.

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