Mandarin Airlines, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines, received the first new ATR 72-600 aircraft in a series to be delivered by the leasing company Avation. 

The delivery by Avation is the first in a series of new ATR 72-600 aircraft which will be delivered to Mandarin Airlines before the end of the year under leases at market rates for the lease term of 8 years.

“This is a milestone for the Company as it is the 30th new ATR 72 that the Company has taken delivery of,” said Jeff Chatfield, Avation Executive Chairman. We are satisfied with the financial returns provided by the ATR 72 aircraft type. Globally the ATR 72-600 is the most popular regional turboprop aircraft and provides our airline customers with the most cost effective and environmentally friendly solution for regional airlines. We are also proud to be associated with Mandarin Airlines and the China Airlines Group and we look forward to developing our partnership in future”.

Besides the contract for the aircraft, ATR also announced being “willing to provide” engineering and technical support to China Airlines and its subsidiaries to set-up in-house capabilities for ATR heavy maintenance, up to C-checks.

“The ATR 72–600 features several strengths, with fuel-efficiency as the major point,” said Jenny Tsao, President of Mandarin Airlines. “These enable Mandarin Airlines to operate domestic flights with higher efficiency and more profitability. With ATR 72-600s joining the fleet, Mandarin Airlines will significantly increase the flight frequencies on each domestic route and then introduce some potential new sectors afterwards. The ATR 72-600 contributes to increased flight frequencies so as to enhance passenger service, allowing passengers to benefit from, for example, three to five daily flights instead of one to two daily currently. Intensive flight frequency is a main goal as we introduce ATRs into our market.”

“It is always a special moment when we welcome a new operator into our fleet,” commented ATR’s Chief Executive Officer Christian Scherer. “After careful consideration of all alternatives Mandarin Airlines have chosen the best aircraft in regional aviation, the ATR – which is most gratifying. When this choice is made by a national flag carrier, namely China Airline’s Mandarin, we are all the more honored”.