ATR has delivered the first of three ATR72-600 aircraft to Guernsey-based regional airline Aurigny. The new aircraft will replace its fleet of three ATR 72-500 aircraft currently in service. By acquiring the newer generation ATR, which burns up to 40% less fuel and emits 40% less CO2 compared to a regional jet. The -600 series is fitted with the latest generation Standard 3 avionics suite and is the launch customer for ClearVision Enhanced Vision System (EVS). The EVS provides pilots with outstanding vision and situational awareness during poor weather. Within the cabin, Aurigny’s passengers will also benefit from the -600 Series’ modern Armonia cabin which introduces the latest standards of comfort, offering more space for luggage in overhead bins and provides passengers 18” wide seats.
Aurigny CEO, Mark Darby, said: “We are sincerely proud of Aurigny’s role in providing essential connectivity between Guernsey and the UK – our customers depend on the services that we provide and we want to deliver them the very best. Our ATF fleet has played a key role in that for many years and upgrading our fleet will allow us to both optimise our operations with the very latest avionics while providing our passengers with a modern, comfortable cabin, in which they can relax and enjoy their flight.”
Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR commented: “Regional airlines often have a tough job and it is our role to make sure that we do what we can to support them. When an airline upgrades its ATR fleet to the latest generation -600 Series with ClearVision, it tells us that our platform has a perfect for with their operations and that they trust us to continue delivering innovations that will make a genuine and positive impact in the future.”
Aurigny currently operates 15,000 flights a year, to 14 destinations and is owned by the States of Guernsey and this network includes services to Guernsey, Alderney, and destinations throughout the UK and Europe.