Aer Arann, regional carrier of Aer Lingus, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 turboprop on Friday. The airline is replacing its existing fleet of 72-200s, with eight new 72-600s scheduled to be delivered by 2014.
The new planes will open up two new routes Aer Arann, adding Manchester and Birmingham to its Dublin-based flight schedule.
"Regional traffic is substantially developing and we aim to upgrade our regional aircraft fleet with the new ATR -600s. These aircraft offer high economic efficiency, optimum performance and exceptional passenger comfort. We are convinced that these new airplanes will bring very interesting business opportunities, while further developing air traffic in the region," said Sean Brogan, interim chief executive of Aer Arann.
The new aircraft will feature the livery of Aer Lingus Regional.
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