Jet Airways said to be unidentified ATR 72-500 customer

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Jet Airways has emerged as the unidentified customer for an ATR 72-500 order that was confirmed in the first half of this year.

The European turboprop maker unveiled 42 firm orders over the period, including for 12 ATR 72-500s and 30 ATR 72-600s, plus 30 ATR 72 options.

ATR has already identified customers for 36 aircraft: Golden Air, Lao Airlines, Syrian Arab Airlines, Azul and Air Lease, but has not disclosed the client for the other six. Flight International sister publication Commercial Aviation Online reveals Jet as the unidentified customer.

The Indian carrier added four new aircraft (MSNs 919, 920, 924 and 928) in November to bring its ATR 72-500 fleet to 18, with another three aircraft on backlog.

Investec International Lease arranged the financing of the first two aircraft in November, with debt provided by Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Banking through an export credit agency (ECA) structure supported by Coface and Sace.

The two aircraft are part of batch of six ATR 72-500s to be delivered before the end of the year. The French bank is also acting as the ECA debt arranger and agent for the remaining four aircraft.

Since the Farnborough air show, ATR has announced an order for nine ATR 72-600s from Caribbean Airlines.

ATR says the deliveries are scheduled until the end of the year.