Posted on: 26 October 2019 by Glenn Sands
TrueNoord has placed an ATR 72-600 on a new lease programme for six years with the rising Bangladeshi domestic and international airline, US-Bangla.
Previously under a running agreement with HOP!, this aircraft supplements US-Bangla’s recent acquisition of new ATR 72-600s which now form the backbone of the airline’s modern regional fleet.
TrueNoord agreed on early retirement of the aircraft at HOP! to assist them in the phasing out of their ATR fleet after HOP! decided to cease operations of the type earlier this year.
Anne-Bart Tieleman, CEO of TrueNoord said: “Headquartered in Dhaka and flying to 16 destinations, US-Bangla has a long history of operating regional aircraft across their domestic skies covering eight cities: Dhaka, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Jashore, Sylhet, Saidpur, Rajshahi and Barishal. We are very pleased to support their fleet up-grade programme and work with them to develop an extra capacity for an increasingly vibrant local market.”
“I am very pleased to add US-Bangla to our growing Asia Pacific customer portfolio” added Carst Lindeboom, TrueNoord’s sales director – Aisa Pacific. “TrueNoord’s aim is to contribute to the ambitious growth plans of this reputable airline and further support their development.”
Currently, TrueNoord is watching major growth across all parts of Asia in terms of air travel. As it becomes more affordable, the regional airport infrastructure is expanding. Lindeboom pointed out that: “The economic and logistical benefits of turboprop aircraft provide the best solution where local geography is inhospitable and runways are short. Our portfolio of turboprops is operating across India, Bangladesh and South East Asia improving connectivity and commerce. Current and future customers throughout the region are supported by the experienced and professional team based in TrueNoord’s new Singapore representative office.”