Indonesian national carrier Garuda Indonesia on Monday, Dec. 2 completed the first takeoff with its first ATR 72-600.
Garuda Indonesia's ATR 72-600. Photo, courtesy of ATR.
The airline will begin regular scheduled operations with its new ATRs on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with flights between Bali and Labuan Bajo and Ende, as well as from Bali to Birma and Mataram. Earlier this year Garuda announced a firm order for 25 ATR 72-600s, with options for 10 additional aircraft. ATR has also signed a Global Maintenance Agreement to support Gardua's new fleet.
The ATR 72-600 is a turboprop powered by Pratt & Whitney 127M engines, which burn up to 50 percent less fuel than "equivalent-sized regional aircraft," according to a statement from ATR.
"Today's flight is a major milestone in our policy of expanding regional connectivity across our country. The introduction of our new modern regional ATR turboprop aircraft represents a big step beyond of our 'Quantum Leap 2011-2015' transformation and expansion program, which aims to specially strengthen our domestic service," said Emirsyah Satar, president and CEO of Garuda Indonesia.