Posted on: 09 July 2014 by Mark Howells
Bangkok Airways and ATR have announced a contract for the airline to purchase three ATR 72-600s.
This deal converts the two options in the deal announced at the Singapore Airshow (6 firm ATR 72-600s and two options) and adds one further aircraft. The acquisition of these new ATR '-600s' will take to nine Bangkok Airways’ total fleet of ATR 72-600s.
The delivery of the first of the nine aircraft is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, while the ninth expected to be delivered by the first quarter of 2017.
Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president of Bangkok Airways, commented, “We have been operating ATRs for over two decades, and we definitely consider that this is the perfect aircraft, while consolidating our leadership in some of the key domestic routes in Thailand. We will be pleased to achieve a new and very important step of our long-term relationship with ATR with the renewal of our entire fleet of ATR -500s with the most modern ATR -600s.”
Patrick de Castelbajac, chief executive officer of ATR, commented, “This deal, achieved only a few months after having agreed with Bangkok Airways the introduction of their first ATR -600s, strongly consolidates our long-standing partnership. We are pleased to be associated to the growth and the expansion plans of one of the leading carriers in South-East Asia.
“To further strengthen our commitment towards our operators in the region, we will also support the setting up of new training facilities for ATR -600s in Bangkok before the end of the year,” he added.