Antigua and Barbuda's Liat has leased a new ATR 72-600 aircraft from GECAS, as the regional carrier embarks on a turboprop fleet renewal programme in which it is phasing out its Bombardier Dash 8s.
The aircraft, MSN 1077, was delivered on 13 June, and is the first of three ATR 72-600s that Liat is taking under lease deals. ALC will lease the other two aircraft to Liat later this year.
The carrier operates 14 Dash 8-100s and -300s. It connects 21 destinations across the Caribbean, with most routes under 100nm, says chief executive Ian Brunton.
"The 68-seat ATR 72-600s are perfectly adapted to many of our existing and potential routes," he says.
The Caribbean carrier placed an order for three ATR 42-600s earlier this year, taking options on two ATR 72-600s. It is expected to convert the options at the Paris air show.
GECAS placed an order for two ATR 72-600s, taking 15 options, at the last Paris air show, in June 2011. The lessor added two orders and two options in January 2012.