ATR has been contracted to provide component and propeller maintenance for Bahamasair's turboprops.

The agreement covers equipment exchanges and repairs for line-replaceable units and propellers, says ATR.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Bahamasair has three ATR 42-600s and two ATR 72-600s in service, along with three Boeing 737-500s.

The Caribbean carrier's chief executive Tracy Cooper describes the ATR service package as one which "responds specifically to our needs" and which will facilitate a reduction of aircraft ground time and a more flexible international schedule, noting: "Every airline needs its aircraft to be flying as much as possible, so maintenance is naturally vital."

ATR senior vice-president programmes and customer services Tom Anderson states: "Nobody knows our aircraft better than we do, and we will continue to strengthen our maintenance offer."

More than 300 ATR turboprops in service with some 40 operators are covered by ATR's maintenance programme, the manufacturer notes.