Posted on: 18 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Air Tahiti has taken delivery of its first ATR 42-600 as part of its plan to modernise its fleet.
The aircraft is part of the firm order for seven ATR-600 Series aircraft ordered in August 2010 and December 2012 (three ATR 42-600s and four ATR 72-600s). The other aircraft will be delivered over the next three years.
The introduction of these new aircraft kicks off Air Tahiti's fleet renewal enabling the airline while improving its operating performances and reducing fuel and operating costs. They will gradually be introduced into service on regional routes in French Polynesia and will operate an international connection between Papeete and Rarotonga international airport in the Cook Islands.
Like all the ATR aircraft operated by Air Tahiti, the ATR-600 is capable of adapting to even the most difficult runways (short, narrow or unpaved), thereby allowing the airline to fly to a large number of destinations. Also, ATRs are currently the only turboprop aircraft to get an ETOPS 120 certification, making them the ideal solution for Air Tahiti's operation over French Polynesia.
“With the arrival of these new ATR aircraft, our passengers will be able to benefit from the exceptional comfort of an ultra-modern cabin, which is an essential criterion for our quality of service and customer satisfaction,” declared Maté Galénon, managing director of Air Tahiti. “We have been preparing for the arrival of our new ATR-600s for more than a year. Our flight crews, engineers have already been trained and are ready to operate these new aircraft. Polynesia is looking forward to flying in the brand new ATRs.”