Cuba's Aerogaviota named in ATR's year-end orderbook

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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 tri-jets.

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 stay profitable.