Gran Canaria-based Binter Canarias has placed a firm order for four ATR 72-600 turboprops with an option for one more of the type in a deal announced at the Dubai air show today.

The aircraft will complete Binter’s fleet modernisation, ATR notes, by replacing the regional airline’s remaining ATR 72-500 turboprops.

If the option is exercised, the carrier will eventually have 23 72-600s in its fleet.

Binter Canarias

Source: ATR

The carrier expects to have 23 72-600s in its fleet once the ordered aircraft have been delivered.

“The ATR 72-600 has become our flagship aircraft and… provides the backbone of air connectivity throughout the Canary Islands,” says Binter president Rodolfo Nunez. “This deal for five aircraft represents a significant investment but it will ensure that the many benefits, such as supporting local businesses and facilitating easier transport for locals and tourists alike, will continue.”

ATR chief executive Stefano Bortoli highlights the airframer’s “long partnership” with Binter, saying the order represents “their reaffirmation of faith in our product”.

Cirium fleets data shows Binter has 17 72-600s in service, with one still to be delivered from an order for six of the type placed in 2016. It also has six 72-500s and five Embraer 195 E2s in service, data suggests.