Mexican regional Aeromar signs for two ATR 72s

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Mexican carrier Aeromar has signed a memorandum of understanding covering two ATR 72-500s, which will mark its entry into the 70-seat sector.

Mexico City-based Aeromar, which was founded in 1987, deploys a fleet of six ATR 42-300s and 10 -500s on its regional network.

Aeromar executive VP Ami Lindenberg says: “Aeromar’s current network is well-established and developed thanks in part to the performance of the ATR aircraft, which are able to land in all the regions of our country, including the smallest airports.

“This has contributed to the growth and strengthening of important economic and social ties across Mexico. Now we have decided that it is time to face the challenge of expanding our ATR fleet with the larger-capacity 72-500 in order to meet the increased demand on some dense routes and stimulate additional traffic.”

ATR values the deal at over $36 million. The two aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW127M engines.

The PW127M is a new standard engine for the ATR 42 and 72, offering a 5% thrust increase on the larger variant for use in hot and high conditions.

ATR chief executive Stephane Mayer says: “The recent improvements we have made to the ATR 72-500 performance allows this aircraft to operate effectively in the hot and high conditions of Mexico City, opening up the possibility for the airline to meet the market growth.”