Posted on: 26 September 2012 by Mark Howells
ATR has announced the delivery of the first ATR 72-600 aircraft in the livery of an Asian carrier, that of Taiwan-based UNI AIR, a regional subsidiary of EVA AIR.
This first Asian ATR 72-600 is expected to officially enter service on 11 October, with a first commercial domestic flight from Taipei to Taidong.
With the introduction of its new fleet of 10 ATR 72-600s, UNI AIR will progressively replace its fleet of Bombardier Q300s. The airline will thus add seat capacity and introduce new routes and frequencies to its regional network.
Commenting on the delivery, Tony Su, chairman of UNI AIR, declared, “We are really proud to be introducing the new ATR 72-600 into our fleet. This aircraft has proven already to be a commercial and operational success around the world. We are delighted to be further developing and upgrading our regional routes and service with such an outstanding and comfortable aircraft. We are pleased to associate our brand with the newest ATR -600s and to take advantage of the many improvements and performances of the aircraft.”
Filippo Bagnato, chief executive officer of ATR, added, “The arrival of the very first ATR 72-600 in Asia is a milestone for ATR. In the last few years, Asia has substantially developed regional aviation and we are pleased that many prestigious Asian carriers, such as UNI AIR, have decided to expand with the newest ATR -600 series aircraft.”