Bangkok Airways has expanded its fleet following the delivery of its first ever ATR 72-600 aircraft.
The new turboprop plane was handed over to the airline in a ceremony in Toulouse, following an order for nine of the aircraft placed in February 2014.
The new 70-seat ATR 72-600s will join Bangkok Airways’ existing fleet of 26 aircraft, comprising 10 Airbus A320s, eight A319s and eight ATR 72-500s. The remaining eight ATR 72-600s will be gradually delivered between now and 2017.
“Today’s delivery is part of Bangkok Airways’ strategy of matching our growing network and frequency requirements with the right aircraft,” explained Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president of Bangkok Airways.
“Choosing ATR for our regional operations is a logical step. The ATR aircraft has the lowest seat-mile cost in its class, is ideally suited for regional and domestic operations, and enables us to provide the highest level of comfort and service to our customers.”
The 72-600 is ATR’s newest model, allowing airlines to fly 68-74 passengers on routes of up to 1,665km.
There are currently more than 300 ATR aircraft in service with approximately 50 airlines in Asia Pacific. The region has accounted for two-thirds of ATR’s total sales since 2005.