Tarom Takes its First ATR 72-500

 - June 3, 2009, 7:35 AM

Romanian flag carrier Tarom took delivery of its first ATR 72-500 last month under the terms of a $37 million contract it signed last year for two of the twin turboprops. The airline currently operates a fleet of seven ATR 42-500s and will take delivery of its second new ATR 72 later this year.

Configured in a 68-seat layout and powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines, the aircraft also came equipped with ATR’s “Elegance” cabin, featuring Aviointeriors’ Futura leather seats.

Tarom expects the new airplanes to open new routes to Dubrovnik and Zagreb and help facilitate plans to add frequency on its existing domestic routes, according to Tarom CEO Ruxandra Brutaru.

ATR has made a particular effort to expand its footprint in Eastern Europe, where more than 70 ATRs already operate with carriers such as EuroLot, CSA Czech Airlines and Serbia’s Jat Airways.