Posted on: 16 December 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Alliance Air, the regional subsidiary of Air India, has taken delivery of the first of five new ATR 72-600 aircraft it is due to receive by mid-2015.
The aircraft, leased from Singapore-based company Avation, will complement Alliance Air’s existing fleet of four ATR 42-320s. The 70-seat configuration of the ATR 72-600 will provide Air Alliance’s regional network with more capacity, and is currently the only aircraft able to operate at each airport currently served by the airline.
CEO of ATR, Patrick de Castelbajac, announced, “We have partnered with Alliance Air for more than 10 years, and we are honoured by this new proof of confidence in the ATR aircraft family. The new ATR 72-600 fit perfectly with the aim of the airline to progressively renew their fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft, while adding seat-capacity into their main routes.”
Rohit Nandan, chairman of Alliance Air, continued, “We are pleased to introduce into our fleet an aircraft which has clearly become the new reference among all regional planes.”