ATR and Alliance Air have signed a deal by which the carrier will acquire two ATR 42-600 via lessor TrueNoord.
The new aircraft will support Alliance Air’s mission of serving challenging airfields in the Himalayas. The first deliveries to Alliance Air will start mid 2022.
The former regional subsidiary of Air India, which already operates 18 ATR 72-600, has chosen to complement its fleet with brand new ATR 42s. The aircraft will be able to operate on the short runways of the Shimla and Kullu airports, both located at high altitudes, and exposed to high temperatures.
“Our relationship with ATR started 20 years ago, and ever since we have been building a network that truly serves Indian communities, delivering comfortable, reliable and affordable air services,” Vineet Sood, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Air, said. “Thanks to the unique features of the ATR 42-600, Alliance Air will proudly fulfill the mission assigned by the Indian government to make the most inaccessible regions accessible.”
“Renewed confidence from a historical customer is the best recognition of the efforts we are making every day to remain at the higher edge of technology whilst providing concrete solutions to operate the aircraft with the most sustainable business model,” said ATR CEO Stefano Bortoli. “The fact that we will deliver the aircraft by the middle of this year is testament both to the recovery of the Indian domestic market and the essential need for affordable and reliable connectivity throughout the country.”
In 2021, 40 new routes were created in India with ATR aircraft. These are the third and fourth ATR 42 aircraft that TrueNoord is introducing into its fleet. In December 2021, the lessor bought two ATR 42-600 to support Silver Airways’ development in the United States.
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