Air Saint-Pierre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 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.”