ANZ receives first ATR 72-600 in domestic capacity boost

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Air New Zealand (ANZ) has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft, painted in an all-black livery.

The airline has a total of seven aircraft on order, with options to purchase a further five at a total list price of $270 million. The seven ATR 72-600s on order are due to be delivered by 2016.

The new aircraft will enter service with ANZ subsidiary Mount Cook in mid-November, with the first flight scheduled for the Christchurch-Wellington route.

ANZ has a fleet of 11 ATR 72-500 aircraft in service with Mount Cook. The arrival of the new fleet of ATR 72-600s will grow Mount Cook's ATR fleet and allow the airline to further expand its domestic operations with new destinations and increased frequencies.

ANZ's chief executive, Rob Fyfe, says: "The ATR 72-600 order potentially doubles the size of Air New Zealand's ATR fleet and will put 2 million additional regional seats into the market."