Air UK has signed its long-expected deal with Aero International (Regional) for five ATR 72-200s. The contract, worth $70 million, includes a firm order for four aircraft and an option on a fifth (Flight International, 27 August-2 September).

Deliveries of the ATRs to Stansted, UK-based Air UK, will begin in December and conclude in March 1998. The aircraft typically seat 66 passengers and they will be used mainly to increase capacity on services to Amsterdam and on the airline's Channel Island services, replacing smaller Fokker F27 Mk 500s.

Air UK's contract brings the total number of ATRs on order to 555 from 95 operators.

Source: Flight International