Romanian carrier, TAROM, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft with another eight expected by the end of 2020.
This is the first of nine aircraft, featuring a new livery, as a part of a leasing contract with regional aircraft lessor NAC. TAROM has used ATR 42-500 and 72-500 to compete with low cost carriers and it is expected that this new aircraft will lower operating costs and improve performance.
This fleet upgrade will result in an additional 330,000 seats per year at the same cost, improving short haul connectivity in Romania. With the new aircraft, TAROM stated that it will be “supporting the development of local and isolated communities.” The ATR 72-600 burns 40% less fuel and emits 40% less CO2 than similar-sized regional jets, the manufacturer suggest.
TAROM Chief Executive Officer George Barbu said, “We are looking forward to starting operations with our brand new ATR 72-600, the only aircraft on the regional market to meet our ambitious targets in terms of efficiency, modern technology and environmental performance. We are going to be able to develop new routes and increase frequency and seat availability, whilst offering the highest levels of comfort and technology.”
The airline has partnered with ATR for 20 years. Stefano Bortoli, Chief Executive Officer of ATR commented, “Renewed confidence from a loyal customer is the best possible endorsement for an aircraft manufacturer. Especially when the decision is made after a vigorous evaluation of the existing solutions on the market – we know that our product is working for our customers. All regions deserve the same opportunity to be part of a connected world and ATR aircraft show unrivalled performance in connecting people and businesses responsibly.”