ATR lands the first plane deal at Singapore Airshow
Bangkok Airways, the airline from Thailand, signed an over $100 million purchase agreement for four additional ATR 72-600s at the Singapore Airshow on February 7, 2018. Deliveries of the four new aircraft will take place between October 2018 and March 2019.
Bangkok Airways currently operates a fleet of 15 ATR aircraft, nine ATR 72-600s and six ATR 72-500s that are being progressively replaced with new ATR -600s. In recent years, the airline has increased its ATR fleet from eight aircraft in early-2014 to the current 15 employed across its domestic and regional network.
“The airline is a very good example of the suitability of the ATR aircraft for short-haul and inter-island operations in South East Asia,” is noted in a statement by ATR. “They have been, by far, the preferred choice of South East Asian carriers in the last decade. Since 2007, the number of ATRs operating in ASEAN countries has multiplied by five, from 50 to nearly 250”.
“Since the introduction of our very first ATR back in 1994 we have built up a solid and fruitful partnership that has substantially contributed to providing air services all over the country, thus developing business and tourism,” said Christophe Clarenc, Bangkok Airways’ Senior Vice President - Technical. “The ATRs have proven, for years, to be the right aircraft to create new routes and efficiently expanding regional networks. The progressive harmonisation of our regional fleet with ATR 72-600s brings our high-end customers the best standards of comfort, and further consolidates ourselves as Asia’s Boutique Airline”.
“We warmly thank Bangkok Airways for their commitment and long-standing confidence towards our aircraft,” said Christian Scherer, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer. “ATR has experienced a dramatic growth in Asia over the last decade, and Bangkok Airways has strongly contributed to this success not only with the expansion of their fleet of ATRs, but also because are a benchmark when it comes to developing networks with eco-efficient and versatile aircraft. More globally, the ATR aircraft created last year some 70 new routes in Asian countries, generating over one million of additional seats and revenue opportunities for their operators. This ability to generate business opportunities is clearly a key point of our outstanding expansion in Asia”.