Posted on: 12 February 2014 by Mark Howells
ATR and Bangkok Airways have announced an order for the airline to buy six firm ATR 72-600s as well as place options on two more of the same model.
Bangkok Airways has operated ATR aircraft for two decades and currently has a fleet of eight ATR 72-500s. The first new ATR 72-600s will be delivered later this year, allowing Bangkok Airways to start renewing its fleet. After that first 72-600 delivery towards the end of 2014, four aircraft will be delivered in 2015 and the final aircraft from the firm order will be handed over in 2016.
“Regarding the two options, we’ll be looking to our network team to help decide on further expansion,” noted Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, president of Bangkok Airways.
Pilot training for the new type will take place in Bangkok. “The simulator there still requires an upgrade to the 72-600, but it’s only a software change,” Captain Puttipong explained.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net