Braathens Aviation, a regional North Scandinavian airliner with its headquarters in Stockholm, is expanding. It converted four options on ATR 72-600s into firm orders, ATR announced on 14 December 2015.
The four options are from a deal made during the Paris Air Show in June 2015, that already included five aircraft and holds another six options not converted yet.
Braathens Regional will operate the aircraft to and from Stockholm-Bromma airport, situated close to the city center of the Swedish capital. The 600s will be introduced from now until the end of 2016.
The new aircraft feature Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) capability to make navigation and landing much easier. The aircraft are powered with PW127M engines, which can operate with biofuel. With the arrival of the nine ATR 72-600s the end is near for the Saab 2000s in the Braathens fleet. The airliner plans even to retire the 72-500s and replace those with 600s in a second phase.
Currently 275 ATR aircraft fly with 60 airlines in 25 European countries. The type can fly up to 78 passengers over 900 nautical miles (1,665 km) of distance.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image (top): A pre-series ATR 72-600 taking off from Lugano-Agno Airport in Switzerland (Image © ATR)