Posted on: 27 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Bahamasair has become the newest ATR operator after taking delivery of the first of two 72-600s which are part of a wider order alongside three ATR 42-600s signed at this year’s Paris Air Show.
Following the partial replacement of the airlines’ former regional aircraft fleet with ATR 72-600s will provide Bahamasair with additional seat capacity on its main routes to and from Nassau.
“The strong commonality between the 50-seat ATR 42s and the 70-seat ATR 72s is an important asset, as it will enable us to propose flexible capacity and optimised operating costs. We are pleased to introduce an aircraft that has clearly proven worldwide that it perfectly fits the operational needs of airlines flying in island environments,” highlighted Valentine Grimes, chairman of Bahamasair. “The ability of the ATR aircraft to take-off and land on short runways and to operate at small airfields, coupled with their most modern technologies and passenger appeal, are among the main reasons of our choice. We are glad to welcome our first brand new ATR and become a member of the ATR family”.
Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR’s CEO, declared, “Indeed, the ATR aircraft have succeeded for years as the reference for inter-island regional flights. Our aircraft are particularly popular in the island environments where they are operated, as they are a necessary link to population and a key factor of tourism and business development. We are pleased to welcome Bahamasair among our list of customers.”