TAROM Reinforces Romanian Routes with Three ATR 72-600

Romanian National Flag Carrier Continues to Choose ATR for its Fleet Modernisation

  • TAROM will operate fleet of seven ATR 72-600
  • Fleet replacement will increase number of routes and available seats

Dubai, 14 November 2021 – TAROM has signed a firm order to acquire three ATR 72-600 as part of a continuation of its fleet modernisation which began in 2019. The deal will also see the airline upscale its ATR 42-500 fleet to the larger 72-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft, offering more capacity and welcoming passengers into the comfort of the latest generation ATR Armonia cabin. The ATR 72-600 is the most fuel-efficient aircraft on the market, burning 40% less fuel and therefore emitting 40% less CO2 than a regional jet.

TAROM Chief Executive Officer Catalin Prunariu said: “Having been an ATR pilot, I have witnessed first-hand, the importance of the connectivity that they provide. They are an essential link to communities all over Romania. As a CEO, I also see the value of their efficiency and flexibility. When we began to modernise our fleet, it made perfect sense to choose the ATR and as this mission continues while the world looks to recover from the challenging backdrop of the global pandemic, airlines need to have the most efficient aircraft possible. We are sure that ATR is the right choice; now and for the future.

ATR Chief Executive Officer Stefano Bortoli commented: “TAROM’s ongoing fleet modernisation project shows how essential turboprops are for regional connectivity. Its fleet of 42-500 aircraft have proved the viability of domestic routes throughout Romania and delivered valuable connections for local communities. By continuing to grow their fleet with the larger ATR 72-600 TAROM is proving its dedication to their passengers. They will use the new aircraft to offer more routes and more seats, which in turn helps the communities that they serve to grow thanks to these connections. That is the beauty of regional connectivity and we are proud to be a part of it.

About ATR

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72, the best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company is to accelerate sustainable connections for people, communities and businesses, no matter how remote. Flown by some 200 airlines in over 100 countries, ATR aircraft opened 160 new routes in 2023, facilitating the development of territories and enabling access to crucial services like healthcare and education. Thanks to ATR’s focus on continuous innovation and the intrinsic efficiency of the turboprop technology, ATR aircraft are the most advanced, versatile, cost-effective and lowest-emission regional aircraft on the market, emitting 45% less CO2 than similar-size regional jets. In January 2022, we flew the first ever commercial aircraft using 100% SAF in both engines. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.