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Second ATR here next month

RACHNA LAL SUVA Domestic airline travellers can soon expect yet another brand new plane from Fiji Link. Fiji Link’s ATR 42-600 aircraft will be received in late August and will
25 Jul 2014 08:44

The ATR 42-600 for Fiji Link being assembled at the ATR factory in Toulouse, France. Photo: ATR

RACHNA LAL
SUVA

Domestic airline travellers can soon expect yet another brand new plane from Fiji Link.
Fiji Link’s ATR 42-600 aircraft will be received in late August and will be second new aircraft this year for the recently rebranded subsidiary of Fiji Airways.
The aircraft has been acquired under a Finance Lease.
The 48-seater aircraft will be operated between Suva, Nadi and Labasa.
Fiji Airways Group managing director/chief executive, Stefan Pichler, said the second ATR-42 is the next step in the current fleet upgrade work being undertaken for Fiji Link.
“We have a robust plan to modernise the Fiji Link fleet to more efficiently serve the domestic market as well as the South Pacific regional flying the carrier does on behalf of Fiji Airways,” he said.
“This incoming 600-series ATR 42 is a step-up from the current 500-series that Fiji Link operates.”
Following the arrival of this brand new aircraft along with another ATR 72-600 for Fiji Link in December, the two current ATR 42-500s will exit the fleet.
Mr Pichler said so overall, they will significantly increase Fiji Link capacity this year with state-of-the-art new ATR aircraft.
The ATR 42-600 has considerably more cocktail and other enhancements, including higher efficiency and a lower fuel burn compared to the ATR 42-500s.
“Our goal is to keep reducing fuel costs as well as well our carbon footprint by looking for more efficient aircraft where possible,” he said.
“The ATR 42-600 will be an important acquisition for us in that respect, as the older ATR 42-500s exit the fleet.”
The ATR fleet for Fiji Link are all leased from aircraft lessors.
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