Posted on: 13 February 2014 by Mark Howells
TransAsia Airways has received its first new ATR 72-600 at a ceremony in Toulouse, the aircraft being the first of 12 of the type ordered by the airline as part of its fleet renewal and growth programme.
The rest of the order, which will gradually replace aircraft currently operated by TransAsia, are scheduled to be delivered within the next two years.
The airline will put the aircraft into commercial service on 21 February from Taipei Songshan Airport to Magong, gradually expanding services to all other domestic routes. The ATR 72-600 is configured with 72 seats in an all-economy layout.
Commenting on the deal, Vincent Lin, TransAsia Airways chairman, said that the investment in new aircraft with ATR will support the company’s ambitious growth plans. “TransAsia welcomes the arrival of the first of 12 ATR 72-600s. We are ready to further expand our regional offering and to support the addition of new routes and frequencies on existing routes.”