Mon, Aug 27, 2007
Turboprops To Be Flown By LCC Batavia Air
ATR and the Indonesian low cost
carrier Batavia Air signed a contract last week for the acquisition
of 10 new ATR 72-500s, and options for 10 additional aircraft. The
contract is the first-ever signed by an Indonesian airline for new
With its new fleet of ATRs, Batavia Air will start operating
turboprops in order to optimize and expand their regional
operations, currently served with Boeing and Airbus jets.
"After a deep evaluation, we have chosen to fly ATR turboprops
in our regional network because of their reliability and unbeatable
economics," said Pak Yudiawan, Batavia Air CEO. The high standards
of comfort available on these aircraft, as well as the strong
support activity of ATR in Asia were also key factors in our
The new ATR aicraft will be configured with 74-seats, and will
be equipped with the "Elegance" cabin, Light Emitting Diode (LED)
cabin lighting, and Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). In addition, one
of the aircraft will be equipped with a Quick Change VIP Kit. A
Medevac configuration will also improve access to health services
for remote communities.
ATR CEO Stephane Mayer expressed "the satisfaction of bringing
for the first time '-500 series' ATRs into the Indonesian market...
It is an honour for us to add Batavia Air to our growing list of
Asian operators and we look forward to a long and prosperous
partnership with this dynamic and growing airline."
Deliveries of the new planes will extend until 2010.
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