The new aircraft, which will seat 72 passengers, will be operated on the carrier’s regional services in Sweden.. The ATR 72-600 will join an existing fleet of 5 ATR 72-500 airplanes operated by Braathens Regional from its base at Bromma Airport (Stockholm City Airport). The new ATR planes will enable Braathens Aviation to press on with an expansion plan and replace aging Saab 2000 units, while its overall ATR fleet will grow.
These new turboprops will benefit from the latest technological developments that distinguish the ATR -600s with a modern avionics suite, superior cabin interiors, and enhanced engine performance. The aircraft will feature additional navigation capabilities including onboard reception functions needed for precision navigation and landing such as the Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) capability.
“We are delighted to be adding these newest generation ATR 72-600 aircraft to our fleet,” said Per G. Braathen, Chairman of Braathens Aviation. “These modern ATR aircraft are remarkably fuel-efficient and will help us run our regional operations more effectively while offering superior passenger comfort and a reduced environmental footprint. The new ATRs will support the strong growth in Scandinavia’s regional air transport we anticipate over the coming years.”
Commenting on the deal Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are honored by the vote of confidence that Braathens Aviation gave to ATR today. We believe the company’s fleet adjustments will provide them with increased competitive ability to match demand and capacity throughout their network.”
With over 260 ATRs in service in the liveries of more than 60 operators, Europe is ATR’s second largest market today. Since the beginning of the program, ATR orders in the region account for nearly 30 per cent of all ATR sales.