InterSky grows fleet by leasing third ATR 72

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Austrian regional carrier InterSky will lease an additional ATR 72-200 on top of the two owned ATR 72-600s the airline is introducing this year.

The Bregenz-headquartered operator took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 on 8 January, while the second aircraft is due to follow in March. Both factory-new turboprops are owned by InterSky's largest shareholder - Intro Group, which is owned German aviation entrepreneur Hans Rudolf Wöhrl - and configured with 70 seats.

But the airline has now revealed that it will lease an ATR 72 from German wet-lease operator Avanti Air. According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, Avanti has a single ATR 72-200.

The 68-seat turboprop will be based at Karlsruhe airport to operate a new route from the regional gateway to Hamburg. That service will be flown up to three times daily from 9 April.

Peter Oncken, InterSky's managing director and major shareholder, says the carrier wants to deploy one of its own aircraft on the route in the medium-term. But he adds that a lack of early delivery slots from the manufacturer has necessitated a leased aircraft in the short-term.

The carrier was not immediately available for comment.