Cuban regional Aerogaviota is set for a major expansion this
year with the acquisition of four new ATR 42-500 twin-turboprops.
The carrier has been identified by ATR as the previously
unidentified customer announced last October.
It will take the new aircraft progressively this year,
receiving one each in January, February, June, and towards the end of the year.
An ATR spokeswoman says the carrier is keeping the three ATR
42-300s that it previously acquired as used aircraft, meaning that its fleet of
modern types will more than double.
Airclaims’ CASE database lists the carrier as still
operating 21 Antonov An-26s, two An-30s, and three Yakovlev Yak-40 regional
ATR says it achieved 25 firm orders in 2001 - five ATR 42s
and 20 ATR 72s - at seven airlines. And it placed a further 23 used aircraft -
20 ATR 42s and three ATR 72s. It delivered five ATR 42-500s and 15 ATR 72-500s
to ten operators.
The company claims that, following the integration of parent
companies Finmeccanica and EADS’ ATR-related activities into ATR itself, the
resulting cost-savings mean it needs to deliver only 18 aircraft per year to