15 ATR 72-600s for Avianca and Taca

ATR and the AviancaTaca Holding aviation group have signed a contract for the latter to purchase 15 ATR 72-600s and place options for 15 additional aircraft.

AviancaTaca made its final choice recently after an exhaustive evaluation of all the competing alternatives. The deliveries of the firm aircraft will start in June 2013.

AviancaTaca is one of the largest and fastest growing aviation groups in Latin America. It currently operates a combined fleet of more than 150 aircraft. The group serves more than 100 destinations in Latin America, US, Canada, Caribbean region and Europe, and has four major hubs in Bogota, San Salvador, Lima and San José de Costa Rica.

With the introduction of its fleet of 15 brand new 70-seat ATR 72-600s, AviancaTaca will progressively replace its Fokker 50s and ATR 42s currently in operation. Avianca will fly the new ATR 72-600s to destinations like Barrancabermeja, Florencia, Manizales, Neiva, Pasto, Popayán, Tumaco and Yopal, in Colombia. Taca will fly the aircraft to Guatemala City and Flores (Guatemala), Tegucigalpa, Roatán and San Pedro Sula (Honduras), San Salvador (El Salvador), Managua (Nicaragua), and San José and Liberia (Costa Rica).

Commenting on the deal,. Fabio Villegas Ramirez, chief executive officer of AviancaTaca, declared, “With the introduction of these new 72-seat ATR 72-600s, we re-emphasise our commitment to the connectivity within the regions in Colombia and Central America. The selected aircraft will enable us to increase our capacity in regional routes, further enhance our network and propose the highest standards of comfort to our passengers”.

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