Air Vanuatu starts operations of its first ATR 72-600
The aircraft is configured with 70 seats and is equipped with the most modern cabin interior and navigation aid tools. Thanks to the ETOPS 120 minutes capabilities (Extended Range Twin-engine Operations) of the ATR aircraft family, the new ATR 72-600 will be able to operate not only within the domestic network of the airline but to the surrounding territories of Fiji, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. ATR is the only turboprop manufacturer proposing ETOPS-120 certification on its aircraft, thus substantially increasing the operational versatility of the aircraft on inter-island operations.
Air Vanuatu started operating ATR aircraft in 2004 and today has two ATR 72-500s in its fleet.
Commenting on the entry into service, Martin Møller, Chairman of NAC declared: “We are delighted to see the first ATR 72-600 series aircraft start operations in Vanuatu, we believe that this aircraft type is the perfect complement to the airlines current fleet. We have great confidence in the -600 series and are pleased to play a pivotal role in introducing the latest ATR technologies to new territories.
Joseph Laloyer, Chief Executive Officer of Air Vanuatu, declared: “We are very pleased to offer our passengers the newest standards of comfort of the ATR -600, for both our domestic network and within the region. As an airline, we will benefit from the ATR -600’s enhanced performance, recognized fuel efficiency and lowest environmental impact in its category.”
Tom Anderson, Senior Vice President Commercial and Customer Support of ATR, added: “Air Vanuatu has been operating ATR aircraft for more than ten years. We are very pleased that our newest aircraft model continues strengthening links between communities and developing business and economic opportunities in Vanuatu.”
About the ATR 72-600
- Passenger capacity: 68-78 seats
- Engines: PW127M, from Pratt & Whitney Canada
- Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 shaft horsepower (SHP) per engine
- Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 kg
- Maximum payload: 7,500 kg
- Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 km)
National flag carrier Air Vanuatu was established in 1981 and has its head office in Port Vila. The airline operates domestic routes as well as to Australia, New Zealand and points in the South Pacific. Its main base is Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. In 2019 the company had a turnover of US$1.6 billion. The unifying vision of the company’s 1,400 employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more than 100 new routes every year, burn up to 45% less fuel and emit up to 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.