Aer Lingus Regional franchisee Aer Arann last month took delivery of the first of eight new ATR 72-600 turboprops it has ordered as part of a contract worth some $187 million. ATR has promised to deliver the final seven airplanes over the next 11 months, as Aer Arann removes from service its aging ATR 72-200s and 42-300s. The airline plans to keep its three ATR 72-500s.
The airline expected to place its first new ATR into service last month, ahead of plans to open two new routes, from Dublin to Manchester and Birmingham, already among the busiest routes in the Ireland-to-UK network. It also plans to increase frequencies on the Dublin-Edinburgh and Dublin-Glasgow routes. Aer Arann maintains bases in Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock.