Posted on: 18 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
On the day that Air Madagascar has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 as part of an agreement for two aircraft with Elix Aviation Capital, the airline has announced the signing of a contract with ATR for the purchase of three ATR 72-600s, deliveries of which will begin in 2017.
The second ATR 72-600 from Elix is scheduled to be delivered during April. The new ATRs are part of Air Madagascar’s fleet renewal, its current fleet comprising one ATR 42-500 and two ATR 72-500s.
Henry Rabary-Njaka, chairman of the Board of Air Madagascar, was "very pleased to be among the first African operators to fly the new ATR -600 series. These aircraft have become a veritable benchmark for regional airlines around the world. The performance of the ATR 72-600s, notably on short and unprepared runways, along with their strong reliability, make these aircraft a real asset in the expansion of our regional transportation network. In addition, their low operating costs will allow us to offer the most attractive airfares.
“The new ATR -600 series are also at the forefront of technology in terms of comfort, and we are pleased to offer these new standards in modernity to our passengers," Rabary-Njaka added. “In the long term, we will increase our fleet of latest generation ATRs up to seven aircraft.”
Thanos Pascalis, chief operating officer for Elix Aviation Capital remarked, "We are very pleased to expand our portfolio of regional aircraft with the latest generation of ATRs. The ATR 72-600 is a real commercial success worldwide, and as specialists in turboprop aircraft leasing we want to develop our portfolio by offering this aircraft to our clients."