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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:

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. In 2018 the company had a turnover of US$1.8 billion. The unifying vision of the company’s 1,400 employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more than 100 new routes every year, burn up to 40% less fuel and emit up to 40% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world.
 
ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo. For more information, please visit http://www.atr-aircraft.com and www.atr-intolife.com.

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