Posted on: 17 September 2015 by Mark Howells
Flybe has taken delivery of the first of five ATR 72-600s leased from Avation Plc which will operate in the livery of the carrier’s new partner, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), on the latter’s domestic and regional network.
The remaining four 70-seat aircraft will be delivered throughout the rest of 2015 and 2016. All five will be based at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport. The operation of the aircraft will be under a six-year white label partnership recently established between Flybe and SAS.
Saad Hammad, Flybe’s CEO, commented, “We are pleased to be using the ATR 72-600 in our white label programme for SAS which launches in October of this year. We have worked closely with both Avation and ATR to make this happen and look forward to a successful partnership with SAS.”
“The ATR 72-600 has become a reference for regional aviation all over the world, both in terms of operational flexibility and low environmental impact,” remarked Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR’s CEO. “We are pleased to further expand our presence in Europe and to become a new partner for Flybe. In the coming years we expect to introduce the new ATR -600s to an increasing number of European operators.”
Avation Plc’s executive chairman, Jeff Chatfield, explained, “We are satisfied with the financial outcome of owning over 20 ATRs that we have flying today in the liveries of several airlines in a variety of countries and environments. We are pleased to be associated with two major European aviation operators like Flybe and SAS, and are confident that the introduction of these new ATR 72-600s may generate opportunities to place additional new ATRs in Europe as airlines start replacing their earlier generation aircraft.”
There are currently 270 ATR aircraft operating in Europe in the liveries of some 25 operators.