Freight First Air receives first modified ATR42 freighter

  • First Air Facebook

First Air, a Canadian regional carrier, has received its first modified ATR 42 dedicated-freighter.

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According to a press release on its Facebook account, the new full freighter is the first-ever modified ATR42. The aircraft with the registration C-FIQU is in service for First Air since 2001, operating flights as a Quick Change aircraft, which could be used for freight and passenger operations. The conversion into a full freighter allows First Air to offer new cargo flights in the Northwest Territories.

According to ATR, the ATR42 freighter can carry a maximum payload of up to 6.613 kilogram or up to five LD 3 container. Over 100 airlines around the world operate the freight version of the regional turboprop aircraft.

First Air operates a fleet of three Boeing 737-400 Freighters, one Boeing 737-400 in passenger configuration, seven ATR42-300 Quick Change and six ATR42-500 for passenger operations. From its hubs in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Yellowknife, First Air offers passenger and cargo operations to several smaller airports in the region. Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport is used as cargo hub and maintenance base. The airline has transported over 225.000 passengers and over 25 million kilograms of cargo in the last year.

Source © First Air Facebook

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