Posted on November 10, 2015 linda strong atr aircraft
Air New Zealand has signed and agreed to buy a fleet of ATR72-600s for $373m. These ATR72-600 are used to replace the existing ATR72-500. Fifteen of these will be bought and delivered approximately in the late 2016s. This purchase will replace 11 of the old ATR 72-500s.
According to Air New Zealand’s chief executive Christopher Luxon, the ATR aircraft has a number of upgrades:
“The extra four 69 seat ATR 72-600s that we are adding to our fleet will enable us to operate up to an additional 600,000 seats into the New Zealand regional market annually. This latest investment will further allow us to maintain our low fare price and high frequency leadership. They're just perfectly designed for New Zealand. We believe the ATR product is the way forward for us. The aircraft are economical to operate, and provide our customers with a modern, bright and comfortable cabin space.”
As a result of this, Air New Zealand will be able to lower its regional airfares across the board. In April of this year, there were major cuts ending Air New Zealand’s services to different locations such as Kaitaia, Whakatane, and Westport. To elaborate, Palmerston North to Nelson, Taupo to Wellington, and Whangarei to Wellington routes have all be ceased. On top of this, Air New Zealand plans to end the Hamilton to Auckland route in February of next year, 2016.
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