Posted on: 03 November 2011 by Ross McSweeny
ATR has delivered to Air Lease Corporation (ALC) the lessor’s first ATR 72-600, the aircraft subsequently being handed over to its operator, TRIP Linhas Aéreas.
Including the delivered aircraft, ALC has 12 ATR 72-600s on order, with options for eight more.
In addition to the newly-delivered aircraft, TRIP will operate the next five ATR 72-600s delivered to ALC. This will enable the expansion of the carrier’s domestic network to new destinations, as well as adding capacity and more frequent routes in growing markets.
“We are pleased to take delivery of our very first ATR 72-600 aircraft and lease it to TRIP Linhas Aéreas,” declared Steven Udvar-Hazy, chairman and chief executive officer of ALC. “The ATR 72-600 is one of the most technologically advanced turboprop aircraft in the industry and will help to lower operating costs and maximise efficiency for the airline.”
The delivery also marks the 90th aircraft to join ALC’s fleet since the company’s inception in February 2010. ALC’s fleet includes aircraft manufactured by Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and ATR, which are leased to 52 airlines around the world.
“We are pleased to announce that ALC has reached another milestone today in acquiring our 90th aircraft. Our pipeline continues to drive a steady pace of deliveries as we push towards our target of 100 aircraft by year end,” commented John Plueger, president and chief operating officer of ALC.
ALC has also recently concluded other lease deliveries from its orderbook including one new Embraer 190LR to Air Astana and one Embraer 175 to Alitalia.