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Nordic lessor eases ATR “comeback”

Nordic Aviation Capital and ATR sign a deal for 15 ATR 600s to be operated by a Florida-based carrier.

Following a deal between the aircraft lessor Nordic Aviation Capital and Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer ATR, the ATR-600 series is being introduced to the USA. It marks a “comeback” for the aircraft type, ATR says.

ATR’s first deal of 2018 sees 20 ATR 600 aircraft to be operated by the Florida-based US carrier Silver Airways, 16 of which will be ATR 42-600s and four to be ATR 72-600s.

This follows an ATR-Nordic Aviation Capital agreement for the purchase of 15 ATR 600s, 12 of which will be ATR 42-600s and three will be ATR 72-600s.

The planes, along with five from an existing order between ATR and NAC, will be leased to Silver Airways, making it the first operator of ATR 600 series aircraft in the US.

The order is also significant given the fact that it commemorates the 100th new aircraft order that NAC has placed with ATR, making it “further testament to the lessor’s commitment to strengthening its position as the global leader in the regional aircraft leasing space”, a statement reads.

Replacing old Saabs
Delivery and subsequent entry into service of the first aircraft will take place in March, an ATR 42-600 configured with 46 seats in a 2-2 configuration.

The remaining deliveries are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. Crew training will be conducted by ATR at its new facility in Miami, which is home to a full flight simulator for the 600 series aircraft.

The new ATRs will replace Silver Airways’ existing fleet of 21 Saab 340B turboprops, while increasing the frequency of routes and opening new services to destinations in Florida, the southern United States and the Caribbean.

ATR says there are currently 250 turboprop aircraft aged over 15 years old operating in the US that will need to be replaced.

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