Monday, April 21, 2008
Quick Takes – SkyWest, ATR/Bangkok, Copa/Embraer
Bangkok Takes Two ATRs
TAT signed for the purchase of two ATR 72-500s that will be operated by Thailand’s Bangkok Airways. The deal is valued at $37 million and has been inked with Irish-based leasing company AIR Ltd (Aircraft International Renting), a subsidiary of TAT Group, which will lease the aircraft to the airline. With these two aircraft, Bangkok Airways will bring its ATR 72-500 fleet up to 10 aircraft. Deliveries of these two additional aircraft are scheduled for late 2008 and 2009.
The aircraft will be configured with 70 seats and will be used to increase the total capacity of the ATR fleet of the airline and thus face its increasing flight demand in Thailand and the surrounding region.
Bangkok Airways, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, started operating ATR aircraft in 1994 and ordered their first ‘-500 series’ ATRs in 2000 and 2002. With the two aircraft announced today, Bangkok Airways will become one of the largest ATR operators in South East Asia.
ATR reached in 2007 a record year with orders for 113 new aircraft. Since the beginning of the program, ATR has sold 953 aircraft (417 ATR 42s and 536 ATR 72s) and has delivered 763 (397 ATR 42s and 366 ATR 72s), thus posting a current backlog of 190 aircraft.
Bangkok Airways, dubbed as “Asia’s Boutique Airline” served Thailand and the region for exactly four decades this year. From a humble start as a charter service under Sahakol Air in 1968, Bangkok Airways presently flies to over 20 regional routes, covering nearly all beaches and World Heritage destinations in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Maldives, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Japan.
TAT Group came into being in 1969 with the creation of Touraine Air Transport, one of the first regional airlines to make an impact in the history of air transport in modern Europe. Founded by Michel Marchais, TAT Group then diversified into express freight services, aircraft maintenance and leasing. The group today employs 3,600 people worldwide, and is the leading European independent MRO provider.
Copa Takes Latest ERJ 190
Copa Airlines took delivery of its twelfth Embraer 190 aircraft, bringing its fleet total to 38. The aircraft seats 94 passengers, 10 in Business Class and 84 in coach. In addition to its 12 Embraer aircraft, Copa Airlines operates 26 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.
Copa Holdings, through its Copa Airlines and AeroRepublica operating subsidiaries, is a leading Latin American provider of passenger and cargo service. Copa Airlines currently offers 126 daily scheduled flights to 41 destinations in 22 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas based in Panama City, Panama. AeroRepublica, the second-largest carrier in Colombia, provides service to 12 cities in Colombia as well as international connectivity with Copa Airlines' Hub of the Americas.