Aeromar, the second largest regional carrier in Mexico, has taken delivery of its first of two ATR 72-600s, making it the first operator of the 70-seat turboprop in Mexico and Central America. The airline is a long-standing ATR customer, with 15 of the manufacturer’s ATR regional aircraft in its fleet: the new ATR 72-600, as well as 10 ATR 42-500s and four ATR 42-320s.
The newly acquired -600s, configured for 68 passengers, replace the smaller ATR 42-320s currently in service, permitting the airline to boost service from the capital, Mexico City, to smaller cities it already serves, such as Poza Rica, San Luis Potosi and Ciudad Victoria.
Aeromar believes the market is ripe for a bigger turboprop and that the airline industry needs the improved passenger capacity and productivity that the new airplane can provide. The smaller ATR 42-320 is typically configured for about 48 passengers.
Following the leasing of the new ATR, Aeromar seeks to maintain its fleet as one of the freshest in the region, said executive v-p Fabricio Cojuc. He noted that the ATR 72-600s will not only carry more passengers than the smaller ATRs in the Aeromar fleet, but also offer lower fuel consumption per seat. Reliability will boost on-time departures, he added.
Air Lease is providing both ATR 72-600s under an extended lease agreement with Aeromar. Pointing out the growing congestion at Mexico’s large-city airports, chairman and CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy of Los Angeles-based Air Lease added, “We are sure the ATR 72-600 is the right solution, as this larger turboprop aircraft provides more capacity and greater comfort and efficiency with fewer flights.”
ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato took advantage of the delivery announcement to highlight the “spacious cabin” appeal and the airplane’s “eco-efficiency.”
Aeromar was established in 1987 as Transportes Aeromar and today it serves 22 airports. As for ATR, the OEM is “well established” in the region, with more than 160 airplanes flying in the livery of 30 operators, including the 15 operated by Aeromar.