Industry ATR delivers new ATR 42-600 to Air Saint-Pierre

Aircraft manufacturer ATR has delivered a new ATR 42-600 to operator Air Saint-Pierre.

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Following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding back in July 2018, Air Saint-Pierre has taken delivery of its second ATR 42-600 Turboprop aircraft. This delivery represents a new milestone for the airline, as it is completely renewing its fleet. With the delivery, its first and older aircraft will be phased out.

The new aircraft will be based on one of the three main islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. The islands are located on the eastern coast of Canada and are a self-governing territorial belonging to France. Around 6,400 inhabitants are living on the islands.

Air Saint-Pierre is using its ATR 42 Turboprop to fly passengers and, in these times, especially freight to destinations like Miquelon, St. John’s, the Magdalen Islands, Halifax and Montreal. The carrier is essential to the archipelago’s economy,

Benoît Olano, Chief Executive Officer of Air Saint-Pierre, said: “We are looking forward to starting operations with our new ATR aircraft. We have been flying ATR since 1994, starting with an ATR 42 320, and the turboprop’s unique capabilities and continuous improvement have made it the ideal aircraft for our operations over the years. We will continue to provide to the people of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon the connectivity they need, along with greater comfort, whilst limiting our impact on the environment.”

ATR Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Bortoli added: “There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a loyal customer upgrade its fleet. Delivering regional connectivity in the challenging operational conditions of Saint Pierre and Miquelon and its neighbouring islands takes a special aircraft and the ATR 42-600 is the perfect fit. The airline’s operations are vital for the archipelago’s communities and we are truly glad to see our aircraft once again accomplish what they have been designed for: to connect people and places responsibly, no matter how remote.”

Air Saint-Pierre is a French regional carrier that was founded in 1961. Main operational base is located at Saint-Pierre Airport, from which it serves five destinations. The ATR 42 is mainly used for international services, while the airline is using a Reims-Cessna F406 for inter-island services.

ATR is one of the largest manufacturers for Turboprop aircraft. The French company have the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. To date, 200 customers from 100 countries have ordered ATR aircraft. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.

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