Industry TAROM orders nine ATR 72-600

Aircraft manufacturer ATR has released, that TAROM will order nine ATR 72-600 Turboprop aircraft.

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The flag-carrier of Romania, TAROM, will introduce nine new ATR 72-600 aircraft to its fleet. This order was made over the course of a fleet renewal programme. TAROM will use the ATR aircraft especially on regional markets. Deliveries are expected to start in October 2019 and will last until 2020.

All aircraft will be leased from company Nordic Aviation Capital. Martin Møller, chairman of the company said: “We are very proud to welcome TAROM as our newest customer [...] We are confident that the ATR 72-600 aircraft will ensure efficiency in their network for many years to come. We thank TAROM for the confidence they have placed in NAC, and we look forward to building and strengthening our relationship with them in the future.”

TAROM Chief Executive Officer Madalina Mezei added: “We have selected ATR after a comprehensive review of competing aircraft, with the ATR 72-600s demonstrating they are the best aircraft to meet our ambitious targets regarding efficiency, modern technology and environmental responsibility. With this aircraft, we will be able to develop new routes and increase frequency and seat availability, whilst introducing the highest levels of comfort and the latest technology into our domestic network.”

An additional 330,000 seats will become available for TAROM with the new Turboprops. They however improve the overall operating cost compared to older aircraft. The shorthaul performance and connectivity in Romania will be expanded, said the airline. New aircraft help the carrier to open more routes to isolated locations.

Stefano Bortoli, Chief Executive Officer of ATR concluded: “TAROM is among Europe’s most experienced ATR operators. We are proud to see this long-time customer renew its partnership with the ATR 72-600, the regional aircraft with the best environmental credentials. TAROM made its selection after a vigorous evaluation and in selecting the ATR 72-600 they chose more efficiency, more flexibility and more capacity, for long-term benefits.”

TAROM is the flag-carrier airline of Romania and has been flying with ATR aircraft for over 20 years. Currently, the airline operates with a fleet of seven ATR 72-500s, two ATR 72-500s, four Airbus A318s and 12 Boeing 737s.

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