Caribbean Airlines orders nine ATR 72-600s

ATR and Caribbean Airlines have announced an agreement for the purchase by the airline of nine ATR 72-600s, which will make the airline a new ATR operator.

The aircraft will be configured with 68 seats and equipped with the new ATR -600 series avionics suite and the new Armonia cabin. Deliveries will start in late 2011.

The new ATR 72-600s will replace the carrier’s current fleet of five Dash-8 300s, while adding new frequencies linking Trinidad and Tobago and surrounding destinations. In addition, several of the new ATRs will be operated in the route network of Air Jamaica, recently acquired by Caribbean Airlines.

Commenting on the deal, Captain Ian Brunton, chief executive officer of Caribbean Airlines, declared, “The acquisition of the ATR 72-600s will allow Caribbean Airlines to continue to develop and improve the offering to our customers. The low operating costs and fuel consumption of the aircraft are particularly appealing and provide us with tremendous flexibility in adding frequencies and developing new markets in the regional sectors.”

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