Aer Arann Takes Delivery of its First ATR 72-500

29 Mai 2007 [08:04h]     Bookmark and Share

Aer Arann, Ireland’s premier regional airline, today accepted delivery of its first ATR 72-500. This aircraft is the first to be delivered following the signature last year of a contract worth over $180 million for 10 ATR 72-500s.

The second aircraft will be delivered in the course of 2007, five others in 2008 and three in 2009. The aircraft are configured in a 72-seater configuration.

Aer Arann currently operates a fleet of 14 ATR 42 and ATR 72, and this new aircraft will be the first of the new –500 series in their fleet.

The delivery ceremony took place at the final assembly line in Toulouse with Padraig O’Ceidigh, Aer Arann Managing Director and Filippo Bagnato, ATR CEO.

Padraig O’Ceidigh said “he was pleased to take delivery of the first new generation of aircraft because of its great efficiency and reliability to modern operations”. He added: “This first new ATR 72-500 represents the beginning of a new era of the development of our company and our network”.

Regarding the new generation of ATR aircraft, Filippo Bagnato underlined that “the technical improvements of the new generation “-500 series”, with its unbeatable economics, its lowest fuel consumption and its environment care, are key factors of the ATR aircraft success worldwide”. He added: “We are happy with the confidence of Aer Arann in our aircraft and their decision of upgrading their fleet with the new generation ATRs”.

From the beginning of the year, ATR has received orders for 27 new aircraft, some of them not yet unveiled, and has delivered 12 aircraft. Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has sold 864 aircraft (402 ATR 42s and 462 ATR 72s) and delivered 725 aircraft (393 ATR 42 and 332 ATR 72), thus posting a current backlog of 139 aircraft.

The –500 series: New Generation aircraft

With its ATR 42-500 and ATR 72-500, ATR supplies state-of-the-art aircraft with jet-like comfort. The advanced six-blade propeller provides remarkably low noise levels. Low fuel burn and gaseous emissions contribute to make the ATR environment friendly. All ATR models are compliant with noise regulations and have a large margin with regard to Chapter IV (ICAO) noise regulations, effective 1st January 2006.

About Aer Arann

Aer Arann is one of the fastest growing regional airlines in the world with a turnover in excess of EUR 94 million per annum and passenger numbers in excess of 1 million for 2005. The airline operates over 600 flights per week across Ireland, the UK and France with a fleet of 14 ATR aicraft. The company employs over 400 staff and has experienced substantial growth over the past year with the launch of 12 new routes as well as increases in flight frequency.

About ATR

Toulouse, Southern France-based regional aircraft manufacturer ATR is the world leader in the 50 to 74-seat turboprop market. In 2006, ATR posted a turnover of US $ 700 million, an increase of 30% compared to 2005. ATR is an equal partnership between Alenia Aeronautica (Finmeccanica group) and EADS. ATR is certified ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q 9001:2000 and EN/AS/JISQ 9100, the worldwide quality standard in the field of aeronautics.