Posted on: 10 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Air France’s regional subsidiary HOP! has taken delivery of the first of five ATR 72-600s as part of an agreement with the Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), with the remaining four due to be delivered by the end of 2015.
The new ATR 72-600s join HOP!’s 24-strong ATR fleet, gradually replacing the carrier’s ATR 72-500s as part of its long-term strategy aiming at fleet modernisation and network improvements.
The new turboprops will benefit from ATR’s new avionics suite with latest generation glass cockpit, redesigned cabin interiors and enhanced engine performance and payload.
"We are pleased to expand our partnership with ATR and excited about the opportunities these aircraft will bring," said Lionel Guerin, VP and senior executive of HOP! Air France. “These new-generation turboprops are perfectly adapted to many of our existing and potential routes. By renewing our fleet, we hope to provide travellers with more frequent rapid and direct flights, better schedules and competitive fares, while contributing to the economic growth of the regions served. That is exactly what the ATR -600 aircraft allows the airline to achieve."