Braathens Aviation orders 4 additional ATR 72-600s
Braathens Aviation will progressively introduce its ATR ‘-600s’ fleet until the end of next year. The arrival of these nine brand new ATRs, configured with 72 seats and mainly operated in flights to and from the Stockholm-Bromma airport, responds to the aim of Braathens Aviation to upgrade and optimize its regional aircraft fleet. These new ATR 72-600s will partially replace aging Saab 2000s and, in a second step, ATR 72-500s, thus adding seat capacity and introducing the latest standards of comfort and navigation tools in its overall fleet.
Braathens’ new ATR 72-600s aircraft will feature additional navigation capabilities including onboard reception functions needed for precision navigation and landing such as the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) capability.
The aircraft are also equipped with PW127M engines, which are certified to operate with biofuel, thus further enhancing the environmental-friendliness of the ATR ‘-600s’ and giving Braathens the opportunity to provide an even greener service to passengers.
“We are particularly pleased to bring into our fleet an aircraft which is reputed worldwide by its fuel-efficiency, environmental friendliness and ability to operate at small airports,” said Per G. Braathen, Chairman of Braathens Aviation. Providing our passengers with aircraft featuring the most modern standards of comfort is a substantial part of our fleet development. We are very satisfied with the outstanding levels of service and performance that the ATR aircraft have provided us for years, and we consider that the transition into the new ATR ‘-600s’ is a natural step in our fruitful partnership”.
Commenting on the deal Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are honored by this vote of confidence from an airline which is doing a unique job in connecting regional destinations in Northern Europe. Just like Braathens Aviation, ATR is fully committed to the preservation of the environment, and we are pleased to contribute to their growth with aircraft that have proven themselves as the green reference among regional aircraft”.
As of today, some 275 ATR aircraft fly over 25 European countries in the liveries of 60 airlines.
About the ATR 72-600:
- Passenger capacity: 68-78 seats
- Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127 M
- Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horsepower per engine
- Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg (50,705 lb)
- Maximum load: 7,500 Kg (16,534 lb)
- Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)
About Braathens Aviation:
Braathens Aviation carries out operations related to air travel with the focus on domestic and regional flights in Sweden. Its operating hub is Bromma Stockholm Airport, the airport nearest downtown Stockholm. Braathens Aviation Group comprises different companies, with route networks that together cover a large part of Sweden. The airlines of the group are chosen by more than 2 million passengers a year. Other group company operations include ACMI leasing, aircraft maintenance, training of flight crews and aircraft leasing.
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. The unifying vision of the company’s 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 140 new routes every year on average, burn 45% less fuel and emit 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.