Air France’s regional subsidiary HOP! is bolstering its fleet with the introduction of the first of five new-generation ATR 72-600s as part of an agreement with the Danish lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC). The new aircraft will join HOP!’s 24-strong ATR fleet and will make its first commercial flight at the end of the week. The remaining aircraft are expected to be delivered before the end of this year.
The five modern ATR 72-600s will gradually replace the former ATR 72-500s as part of HOP!’s fleet modernization. Compared to the 500 series the ATR 72-600s have new avionics, new cabin interiors, better engine performance with the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW 127M turboprops and a higher payload possibility of 16534 lbs (7,500 kg). The new aircraft have a range of 900 nautical miles (1,665 km).
HOP! Air France has 96 planes from Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer and ATR. It serves 50 destinations with 600 daily flights. In 2014 HOP! transported 13 million passengers per year, while employing 8,500 people.
Source: ATR Aircraft
Featured image: The ATR 72-600 in HOP! Air France livery (Image © ATR Aircraft)