Greek carrier Sky Express has ordered six ATR 72-600s, the first of which was handed over on 30 June.
A further five examples of the twin-turboprop, configured with 72 seats, will arrive before year-end, replacing the carrier’s current fleet of five ATR 72-500s. No details of the order value were disclosed, however.
Ioannis Grylos, chief executive of Sky’s parent company, IOGR Group, says: “The acquisition of six new state-of-the-art ATR 72-600 aircraft is yet another landmark in Sky Express’ course.
“In today’s context, it is more important than ever before to be able to offer our passengers efficient and flexible solutions with the best possible standards of comfort and safety.”
ATR chief executive, Stefano Bortoli, add: “This is an investment in the most efficient and eco-responsible regional aircraft and it is an ideal time to do so.
“Fleet replacement is critical in regional aviation or vital connections risk being lost, which would have a significant impact on the communities they serve.”
He notes that when all six of the ATRs have been delivered the carrier will “have the youngest ATR fleet in Europe”.
Cirium fleets data shows that Sky Express also operates five of the smaller ATR 42-500s and six Airbus A320neo jets.