Ecuador's TAME takes delivery of first ATR 42-500

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Ecuadorian carrier TAME has taken delivery of its first ATR 42-500 turboprop.

The airline placed an order for three of the type during the Paris air show in June.

TAME plans to use the aircraft to develop public service routes across Ecuador, and to feed the country's main airports at Quito and Guayaquil.

"We are happy to add TAME to our increasing list of operators in Latin America," said ATR chief executive Filippo Bagnato. "ATRs are becoming very popular in this region.

"There are today more than 120 ATR aircraft flying daily in Latin America for almost 30 operators." Bagnato added that Latin America represents more than 20% of ATR's backlog.