Posted on: 14 March 2011 by Mark Howells
ATR and Russia’s Taimyr Airlines – which does business as NordStar Airlines – have announced the delivery of the first ATR 42-500, from a total order for four firm aircraft plus three options placed in 2010.
The Krasnoyarsk-based ATR 42-500s will be used to develop new scheduled regional destinations within Krasnoyarsk Region as well as to destinations such as Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ekaterinburg.
The 46-seat aircraft is fitted with additional features to facilitate operations in Siberia and Russian Far North (ETOPS 120 minutes, operations down to –45°C, special fuselage protection).
Kirill Buryy, general director of NordStar, commented, "After evaluating the range of available options for our new operations out of Krasnoyarsk, we have selected the ATR 42-500 to complement our Boeing 737NG fleet as it is the best suited for operations in the tough climatic conditions and airport infrastructure of Siberia and Russian Far North. Our new ATR 42-500 will allow us to operate a highly reliable service with the lowest operating costs of its category. The ATR 42-500 will burn 40% less fuel than the An-24s currently in operation within Krasnoyarsk region while cutting flight time.”