Indonesian start-up Air Aceh route-proves first ATP

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BAE Regional Aircraft believes the British Aerospace ATP still has potential as a passenger aircraft, as Indonesian start-up carrier Air Aceh route-proves its first example.

Air Aceh is acquiring four of the type for services in northern Sumatra.

Speaking during a recent media briefing in London, BAE Systems Asset Management sales and marketing vice-president Steve Doughty said: "This is a bit of a comeback for the ATP as a passenger aircraft."

He adds that this deal was a third-party transaction and the airline is currently route proving with its first aircraft. "The second one should be ready in February. It is ex-Emerald Airways," says Doughty.

Air Aceh was originally planning to launch operations on 1 December with a single ATP. But in early December CEO Fauzi Ayob said this date had slipped as the first aircraft was still undergoing delivery preparations.