Air New Zealand has placed firm orders for seven new generation ATR 72-600s, plus options for five additional aircraft. The deal, subject to contract signing, is valued at more than US$270 million at list prices, including options. The first of the 68 seat aircraft will be received in October 2012 and deliveries will be completed in 2016.
This announcement potentially doubles Air NZ’s ATR fleet, which is operated by its subsidiary carrier, Mount Cook Airline. The order comes as the airline looks to modernise its fleet and increase capacity on regional routes. The aircraft will be configured to seat 68 passengers, featuring the new Armonia cabin interior, with improved seating and larger overhead bins.
Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand, said; “The ATR 72-500 has been a core part of our extensive regional operations in New Zealand since 1999. It has proven to be very popular with our customers and very cost-effective to operate.”