Posted on: 07 April 2011 by Mark Howells
UTair and ATR have announced a contract for the airline to purchase 20 ATR 72-500s, a deal valued at $426 million.
UTair will use the ATRs to respond to the increasing market demand for regional connectivity in Russia and also in Ukraine. The airline will add capacity on existing routes and will develop new routes in both countries. UTair currently operates a fleet of 17 ATRs: 12 ATR 42-300s and three ATR 72-200s in Russia, plus two ATR 42-300s operated by its subsidiary UTair Ukraine. With the delivery of the 20 new aircraft, UTair will become the largest operator of ATR aircraft in Europe, with 37 ATRs.
The delivery of these new aircraft will bring to more than 50 the number of ATRs operated by Russian, Ukrainian and other CIS countries’ carriers.
Commenting on the contract, Andrey Martirosov, UTair chief executive officer, declared, “We are pleased to modernise and almost double our ATR fleet with the acquisition of these new ATR 72-500s. The ATR aircraft have proved themselves as the right tool for regional connections in the Russian Federation and Ukraine. These aircraft have notably proven their ability to operate reliably and profitably not only in the European environment but in the harsh Siberian conditions.”