Bahamasair becomes new ATR customer ordering 5 ATR ‘-600’ aircraft
for domestic and regional flights
The new generation ATRs will allow Bahamasair to upgrade its fleet allowing the airline to solidify excellent passenger experience on both domestic and regional routes from the airline's main base at Nassau. The 70-seat ATR 72-600s are the perfect solution to bolster and complement the airline’s current Boeing 737 fleet, while the 50-seat ATR 42-600s are very well adapted to connect Bahamas Islands. The family commonality between the ATR 42s and ATR 72s represents a clear advantage for the airline, as it allows operating its fleet optimally, while minimizing operating costs.
Henry Woods, Chief Executive Officer of Bahamasair, underlined that "the choice of ATR -600 aircraft family is a strategic one for us. As we look to introduce a modern and fuel-efficient aircraft into our fleet, with its proven economics, reliability and passenger comfort, we have found the ATR-600 product family to perfectly support our plans to modernize our fleet providing a reliable service to our passengers.”
“We are very proud to welcome this dynamic airline as a new customer", said Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR Chief Executive Officer. "Bahamasair has chosen the ATR-600 series due to its fuel efficiency, operational flexibility at short runways and reliability. The fact that we can offer a true family of the new generation ATRs allows the airline to optimize the operations of their fleet on regional network.”
The ATR -600 series aircraft perfectly match the requirements of the airlines operating inter-island flights. Today, ATRs successfully fly in many island environments, including the Caribbean, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, the Philippines, the Canary Islands, Indonesia and Malaysia.
About the ATR 72-600:
- Passenger capacity: 68-78 seats
- Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
- Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
- Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg
- Maximum load: 7,500 Kg
- Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)
About the ATR 42-600:
- Passenger capacity: 46-50 seats
- Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
- Maximum take-off power: 2,160 horsepower per engine
- Maximum take-off weight: 18,600 kg
- Maximum load: 5,500 kg
- Maximum flight range at maximum load: 800 nautical miles (1,300 km)
Bahamasair was established in 1973 as a product of a newly established Independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The mandate was to provide a safe and reliable mode of air transportation throughout the archipelagic nation and internationally. The National Flag carrier purpose was to provide an ‘Essential Service’ bridging Nassau, the nation’s capital and the remote Family of Islands.
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 40% less fuel and emit up to 40% 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.