LIAT orders three ATR 42-600s

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Antigua & Barbuda's Leeward Islands Air Transport Services (LIAT) has placed an order for three 48-seats ATR 42-600s to replace Bombardier Dash 8 turboprops.

The deal also includes options for two 68-seat ATR 72-600s.

The Caribbean carrier will take delivery of its first ATR 42-600 in June 2013.

LIAT plans to progressively replace its current fleet of 14 turboprop aircraft. According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, LIAT operates a fleet of Dash 8 100 and 300 turboprops.

The inter-island carrier is also in discussion with operating lessors for additional -600s.

LIAT chief executive Ian Brunton says the ATR family is a proven product in terms of performances on routes served.

ATR chief executive Filippo Bagnato says: "The ATR 42-600 series aircraft perfectly match the requirements of the airlines operating inter-island flights. Their outstanding performance and reliability on this type of routes clearly explains their success in recent years."