Indian low fare carrier Kingfisher Airlines has taken delivery of the first of at least 35 ATR 72-500s (pictured below).

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Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya, who was at a ceremony at the Franco-Italian manufacturer's facility in Toulouse to mark the delivery (pictured below), say the new aircraft “will allow us to develop our network and introduce new routes not previously served”.

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Currently Kingfisher operates Airbus A320 family aircraft. The smaller capacity ATR 72-500s will generally be used on thinner routes.

The airline ordered 20 ATR72-500s last November and in February ordered another 15. It also has options for another 20. Kingfisher’s ATR 72-500s will be equipped with the Elegance interior cabin from ATR and in-flight entertainment systems from Thales.

Air Deccan, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways also operate ATR turboprops in India.

Source: Flight International