HOP! introduces first ATR 72-600 to Air France Group
The five modern ATR 72-600s will gradually replace the former ATR 72-500s as part of HOP!’s long-term strategy aiming at fleet modernization and network improvements. Airline’s ATRs currently in operation already demonstrated that they are productive, flexible and eco-efficient aircraft to serve short-haul market segments, while offering superior passenger comfort and a reduced environmental footprint.
The new turboprops will benefit from the latest technological developments that distinguish the -600s: a new avionics suite with latest generation glass cockpit, redesigned and stylish cabin interiors, enhanced engine performance and payload. The ATR 72-600s are not only known for their reliability and technology but are also the top-selling turboprop aircraft on the market.
The new ATR 72-600 seats 72 passengers and will fly in a brand new livery of HOP! Air France.
"We are pleased to expand our partnership with ATR and excited about the opportunities these aircraft will bring," said Lionel Guerin, Vice President Senior Executive of HOP! Air France. “These new-generation turboprops are perfectly adapted to many of our existing and potential routes. By renewing our fleet, we hope to provide travelers with more frequent rapid and direct flights, better schedules and competitive fares, while contributing to the economic growth of the regions served. That is exactly what the ATR -600 aircraft allows the airline to achieve."
‘We are delighted to provide HOP! Air France with the latest generation of ATRs. We believe that the ATR 72-600 is the perfect complement to the Air France current fleet. NAC has developed a strong working relationship with HOP! over the last ten years and we look forward to building and strengthening our partnership with them in the coming years’ said Martin Møller, Chairman of Nordic Aviation Capital.
Patrick de Castelbajac, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, declared that “ATR is delighted to be associated to the modernization of HOP! Air France. ATR has enjoyed a long-term strategic cooperation with HOP! and we are honored by this new proof of confidence in the ATR aircraft family. We believe these fleet improvements will provide HOP! with increased ability to match demand and capacity throughout airline’s network.”
To date, over 60 European airlines fly more than 260 ATR aircraft, a figure that accounts for 30% of total regional aircraft with less than 90 seats in operation in the region.
About the ATR 72-600:
- Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
- Engines: Pratt & Whitney Canada PW 127M
- Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
- Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg
- Maximum payload: 7,500 Kg
- Range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)
About HOP! Air France:
HOP! is a regional subsidiary of Air France. The new subsidiary offers daily flights to French and European destinations. Its fleet is composed of Airbus, regional jets Bombardier, Embraer and ATR aircraft.
- 600 daily flights to 50 destinations
- 96 planes from 48 to 212 seats
- One-way tickets from 49€*
- 13 million passengers per year
- 130 lines by summer 2015
- 4 stops on the Navette route flying from Paris-Orly: Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice et Toulouse
- 27 lines leaving from Lyon and 20 lines from Paris-Orly
- 8,500 staff serving customers
*Rate available under conditions and depending on availability. Non-refundable tickets. More details on www.hop.com
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.