Tuesday, March 1, 2011

WINGS Air purchase 15 units of ATR 72-500


Wings Air confirmed to purchase 15 units of ATR 72-500 which came from the aircraft manufacturer Turboprop An Alenia Aeronotica and EADS joint venture. Purchasing of 15 aircraft is a continuation from the year 2009 where Wings Air ordered 30 units of ATR aircraft consists of 15 units is a definite purchase and 15 units is the additional purchase option.

"We are consolidating a partnership with Lion Air and Wings Air, and we are pleased to witness the success of one of the leading company in Southeast Asia," says CEO ATR Filipo Bagnato.

Wings Air hopes, this year the aircraft will be received and operated to reach 15 units. With this addition, Wings Air become the the largest company which use ATR 72-500 aircraft in Southeast Asia.

During this time, Wings Air is using this type of aircraft to fly routes such as Sumatra, Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi and neighboring countries. This aircraft type is suitable to serve routes in remote areas as well as a feeder for the airline Lion Air.

Wings Airs first time operating ATR 72 aircraft in Indonesia in January 2010 and until February 2011 there have been about 10 aircrafts. It is expected that five more aircrafts will gradually be received until August 2011.

Lion Air President Director who is also Commissioner of Wings Air, Rusdi Kirana said the increase in the number of ATR fleet is expected to contribute to national economic growth.

"ATR aircraft became very popular in Indonesia because they play a key role in business development and tourism, as well as linking the islands of Indonesia," he concluded.

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