Saudi Arabia’s Alpha Star Aviation Services (Stand 806) has signed a firm order for a single ATR 72-600, marking the first sale of ATR’s latest turboprop series in the Middle East. Alpha Star, which also reserved an option on another of the Pratt & Whitney PW127M-powered turboprops, now operates an ATR 42-600. It expects its first ATR 72 to arrive in September 2014.
The acquisition of the new airplanes accounts for part of Alpha Star’s initiative to meet the growing demand in the private aviation sector in Saudi Arabia. Alpha Star has chosen what ATR calls a high comfort, 66-passenger cabin configuration for the ATR 72. The company claims Alpha Star’s experience with the ATR 42-600 series validates its ability to operate in harsh environments, particularly from unpaved runways in challenging Middle Eastern regions.
“Given the intense market dynamics with a multitude of business opportunities in the region, Alpha Star to date needs more of the reliable, comfortable and high-performance aircraft such as the ATR 72-600 to better satisfy the rising demand in private transport,” said Alpha Star CEO Salim Al Muzaini. “Besides, the ATR turboprops perform impeccably in a challenging environment, which is extremely important to our operations. We also highly value aircraft quick turnarounds and the unique capability to serve the company’s operational needs.”
Based in Riyadh, Alpha Star conducts a range of private aviation services, including aircraft management, charter, air ambulance and consultation.