A Trigana Air Services ATR-42 apparently crashed into a remote mountainous area in the Papua region of eastern Indonesia. The plane was missing for hours, but according to Indonesian authorities thanks to villagers it has now been found.
Authorities confirmed later that none of the 54 people on board – including five crew – survived the impact. Getting there is complicated, since the area reportedly can only be reached on foot or by helicopter. The plane was approaching Oksibil Airport, which is surrounded by steep hills making any landing somewhat of a challenge. The plane took off earlier from Jayapura Airport.
Trigana Air Services has been blacklisted by the European Union since 2007 for a lack of safety and safety quality implementation.
The new week starts nicely for ATR Aircraft, one of the many companies present at the Paris Air Show 2015 (PAS15) at Le Bourget. A fresh Spanish order on 15 June 2015 and the 1,500 ATR aircraft delivered are nice milestones for the manufacturer of turboprop airliners.
Canary Islands airline Binter signed an agreement for six new ATR 72-600 aircraft, following their first batch for six ATR 72-600s in February 2014. The total orders for ATR aircraft are now at thirty.
Binter is modernizing its fleet and chooses the ATR 72-600s to be more fuel efficient, apart from having nicer planes of course. The Spanish company already flies 16 ATR 72-500s. Its first 600 version is expected to arrive later this year, with the final of 12 on order to be received in 2017.
The ATR 72-600 has a capacity of 68 to 78 seats. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney 127M engines, giving it a maximum of 2,750 horse power per engine at take-off. The range with a 100% seat occupation is 900 nautical miles (1,665 km).
Created in 1988, Binter starting operating its first ATR in 1989 on the Canarian inter-island network. The airline, originally owned by Spain’s flag carrier Iberia, was purchased in 2002 by a local group of entrepreneurs. Their 16 ATRs represent one of the largest fleet of ATR aircraft in Europe, and have transported more than 35 million passengers, not only in inter-archipelago operations, but also with direct flights to Morocco, Portugal’s island Madeira and Cape Verde.
Japan Air Commuter
Earlier on Monday Japan Air Commuter Co. – part of the JAL Group – singed a firm deal for 8 ATR 42-600s, plus 1 option and 14 purchase rights with a total value of 496 million dollar.
It marked the 1,500th aircraft sold by the European aircraft manufacturer and the first for ATR with a Japanese ariline.
The operations with JAC’s new 50-seat ATR 42-600s will start in 2017 with the remaining aircraft to be delivered over the next three years. With its brand new fleet, Japan Air Commuter will replace its current regional aircraft on its main routes as well as on operations to smaller islands of the country.
The ATR42-600 turboprop is equipped with a so-called glass cockpit with navigation technologies also available to the wide-body Airbus A380. The aircraft have a range of 800 nautical miles (1,483 km).
Founded in 1983, Japan Air Commuter is for 40% owned by 12 municipalities of the Amami Island of Kagoshima, Kyushu. Based in Kagoshima Airport, Japan Air Commuter operates 21 aircraft, 141 daily departures on 27 routes, and serves as the essential public air transport means for 1.8 million passengers annually between the Amami islands and Western Japan.
Danish based lease company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) managed to place a number of ATR turboprop aircraft with customers in February 2015.
First out was a ATR 72-500 to Mistral. The Rome, Italy, based airline flies the aircraft for Alitalia.
Easyfly rented a ATR 42-500 from NAC, becoming a new customer. The Colombian airliner was known to be flying a dozen British Aerospace Jetstream 41s only, but we at Airheadsfly.com couldn’t get confirmed if this is the really the first aircraft of a new type for Easyfly.
Brazilian operator Passaredo Linhas Aéreas also became a new client of NAC, on 20 February, when it took delivery of a ATR 72-500, bringing the total Passaredo fleet to 11 ATR 72-500/600s. The Brazilian airliner has Dr. Leite Lopes Airport in Ribeirão Preto as its main hub.
TransNusa Aviation Mandiri took delivery of its first new generation ATR 42-600 on 25 September 2014. The carrier has options for three more ATR 42-600s.
TransNusa is introducing the new ATR 42-600 for the first time in Indonesia. The company won a 5-year contract from one of the Indonesia’s large oil consortia.
It is anticipated that the first ATR 42-600 would enter into service this November. The chartered ATR 42 will open up its first FIFO service departing from Jakarta’s Halim Airport to Matak Airport in Natuna Island, conducting six return flights per week. FIFO stands for fly-in fly-out, a common type of aviation service within the offshore and mining industry.
TransNusa Mandiri is an Indonesian domestic airline serving the east of Indonesia, mainly Nusa Tenggara, Bali and southern Sulawesi. Its main base is El Tari Airport, Kupang. It was launched in August 2005 serving various destinations from Kupang, Bali, using aircraft chartered from other local airline. In August 2011, TransNusa received its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) and scheduled as well as non schedule commercial airline permit.