On the occasion of the Farnborough Airshow, the European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR and Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways today announced the signature of a contract for 8 firm ATR 72-600s, plus an option for one additional ATR 72-600. The deal, including the option, is valued at over US$ 210 million. Deliveries of these new ATR -600s will start in 2014 and extend through 2017. With the purchase of these aircraft, TransAsia Airways will progressively replace their current fleet of 9 ATR 72-500s operating in their domestic network with the newest ATR -600 series aircraft developments.
These ATR 72-600s will be configured with 72 seats and will be equipped with a new full glass cockpit, developed for ATR by Thales, featuring state-of the art technologies in the field of navigation. The aircraft will also be equipped with Giugiaro-designed new ATR -600 series “Armonia” cabin.
This deal further consolidates the outstanding success of ATR in Asia, where it has booked some 240 orders since 2005, representing some 40% of total orders of this period.
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