Eastern Airways takes first ATR 72-600

UK regional carrier Eastern Airways has taken delivery of the first of two ATR 72-600s which it will use to support the oil and gas industry.

Training flights using the turboprop (G-IACY) are already under way from a number of airports in the east of the UK.

Eastern says the ATR will enter service in the coming weeks, linking the Scottish city of Aberdeen with Scatsta in the Shetland Isles.

The aircraft will be operated on oil contract charter services for the Integrated Aviation Consortium – a partnership which includes Eastern, sister company Bristow Helicopters, and six oil and gas majors.

Flight Fleets Analyzer records the 72-seat ATR (MSN 1448) as being on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital. A second example will arrive in 2018.

Eastern's fleet comprises two Embraer 170s, three ERJ-145s, nine Saab 2000s and 17 British Aerospace Jetstream 41s.

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