Citilink selects ATR 72s for turboprop fleet

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Garuda Indonesia's low-cost subsidiary Citilink has confirmed that it will add ATR 72-600 turboprops to its fleet, after deciding against the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.

The carrier's chief executive Arif Wibowo tells Flightglobal that it plans to place a firm order for 25 of the type, with options for a further 25. A letter of intent will be signed in early 2013, he adds.

Factors such as route economics, aircraft technical performance, aircraft financing and infrastructure constraints in Indonesia led to the selection of the ATR for its turboprop requirement, says Wibowo.

Citilink intends to take delivery of its first turboprop in September 2013.

The first five aircraft will be based in Batam, where the carrier plans to operate up to 46 daily flights on 8 routes.

Citilink has also identified Lombok, Balikpapan and Makassar as future bases for the aircraft. From the three cities, Citilink plans to operate the aircraft on domestic and on regional routes, including those to Malaysia and Brunei, adds Wibowo.