Trip adds ex-Air Dolimiti ATR 42s

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Trip Línhas Aéreas is adding three ATR 42-500s on operating leases to its fleet.

The Brazilian regional carrier is leasing three ATR 42-500 aircraft from Switzerland-based Airtrails Group companies.

The first aircraft, a 2001-vintage aircraft (MSN 610) has already been delivered, while MSNs 604 and 609, which were built in 1999 and 2000 respectively, will follow shortly.

All three aircraft were previously operated by Air Dolimiti.

TRIP currently operates 14 ATR 42s and 14 ATR 72s. CEO Jose Mario Caprioli recently told CAO's sister publication Flightglobal that the carrier plans to add two more ATRs over the next few months, giving it a fleet of 31 turboprops at year-end.

"For 2011, we are estimating the acquisition of eight aircraft: two E-Jets that were announced [at the 2010 Farnborough air show] and two more that are still in negotiation, adding a total of four jets and four ATR 72-500s," Caprioli says. "There is still a possibility to add more aircraft than the mentioned for 2011, but it's still not defined."

TRIP, which currently operates six E-175s, recently agreed to lease three Embraer E-175s from GECAS. Deliveries of the ex-Paramount Airways are scheduled for August, September and October.

The carrier is also seeking to acquire at least two more E-Jets in 2011 in addition to the two E-190s ordered at the Farnborough air show last month.