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Air Saint-Pierre commits to purchase an ATR 42-600


St Pierre and Miquelon airline will replace its current ATR 42-500

Toulouse, 13 July, 2018 – Air Saint-Pierre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with market leading turboprop manufacturer ATR for the purchase of a new ATR 42-600 aircraft. Air Saint-Pierre’s ATR provides the island with essential connectivity, flying to several locations in Canada. In addition to benefitting from ATR’s unbeatable economics, the aircraft’s proven ability to operate effectively in windy conditions is vital for Air Saint-Pierre. The new aircraft will replace the airline’s existing ATR 42-500 which has been in operation since 2009. This purchase represents the latest step in the long relationship between the airline and ATR, which began with their acquisition of an ATR 42-300 in 1994.

As with its predecessor, the -600 series is certified to take-off and land in cross wind conditions of 45 knots, a unique capability which is essential to operating in the challenging conditions of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

Air Saint-Pierre Chief Executive Officer Benoit Olano said “It makes perfect sense for us to continue our partnership with ATR by acquiring the latest generation -600 series aircraft. Every operator is looking for the most efficient aircraft on the market to maximise their operations, however, with a small fleet it is vital that we invest in an aircraft that really delivers on every single criteria that we require. The ATR does this, and will provide the people of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon with the continuing connectivity they need.”

Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, commented: “Air Saint Pierre realised the operational advantages of turboprops many years ago, and it is very rewarding that they continue to put their trust in the ATR product. This demonstrates again the versatility of our aircraft, often serving destinations with challenging weather conditions, all over the world, whilst allowing airlines to take advantages of its unbeatable economics and comfort.”

About Air Saint-Pierre

Air Saint-Pierre is based in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a French overseas collectivity. The airline operates scheduled services between the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon-Langlade and to Canada. Its main base is Saint-Pierre Airport, from which it serves five destinations. In addition to the collectivity's other airport, Miquelon Airport, it serves five airports in Canada. The airline operate a fleet of an ATR 42 for international services and a Reims-Cessna F406 on the inter-island service.

About ATR:

About ATR:
ATR is the world leader in the regional aviation market. In 2018, the company achieved sales of $1.8 billion and its two models, the ATR 42 and 72, are the world’s best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat category. The mission of the company’s 1,400 employees is to bring the world’s populations closer together and help all communities develop, in a sustainable way. With permanent innovation as a driving force, and thanks to the excellent performance of its turboprops, ATR opens up over 100 new routes every year. ATR aircraft also consume 40% less fuel and emit 40% less CO2 compared with other regional jets. ATR have been chosen by some 200 airlines, which operate their fleet in over 100 countries throughout the world.
ATR is an equal partnership between Airbus and Leonardo. Find out more at www.atr-aircraft.com and www.atr-intolife.com.

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