25 October 2019
New Aircraft, G-OATR Arrives in Guernsey
The first of Aurigny’s new ATR aircraft has now arrived in Guernsey after being officially delivered by ATR earlier today in Toulouse. The aircraft looked a magnificent sight as it touched down this afternoon sporting its brand-new livery, including the Guernsey flag on the tail.
The aircraft, registered G-OATR, will be the first of the three ATR 72-600s to join the Aurigny fleet. Aurigny are the launch customer for the ClearVision™ Enhanced Vision System (EVS). The EVS will provide pilots with outstanding vision and situational awareness during conditions of reduced visibility. Once Aurigny’s pilots have completed their conversion training in 2020 this new technology will enable landings in lower visibility than is possible today.
Aurigny’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Darby, said: “We are very proud of Aurigny’s role in providing essential connectivity between Guernsey and the United Kingdom. Our customers depend on the services that we provide, and we want to deliver them the very best. Our ATR fleet has been key in that for many years and upgrading our fleet will allow us both to optimise our operations with the very latest avionics while providing our passengers with a modern, comfortable cabin, in which they can relax and enjoy their flights.”
Stefano Bortoli, Chief Executive Officer of ATR commented: “Regional airlines often have a tough job and it is our role to make sure that we do everything that we can to support them. When an airline upgrades its ATR fleet to the latest generation -600 Series, it tells us that what we have delivered has supported their operations and that they trust us to continue delivering innovations that will make a genuine and positive impact in the future.”
Each of the new ATRs come fitted with a contemporary cabin design meaning that Aurigny customers will benefit from the modern ‘Armonia’ cabin which will introduce the latest standards of comfort, offering more space for luggage in overhead lockers and providing passengers 18” wide seats. The new aircraft will help bring down the airline’s operating costs and will optimise its operations by using the most efficient regional aircraft. An ATR 72-600 burns up to 40% less fuel and emits 40% less CO2 per passenger seat compared to a regional jet.
Aurigny provides a lifeline to Bailiwick residents and convenient links for business and tourism travel. The arrival of the new aircraft will significantly decrease the average age of the airline’s fleet and in turn reduce maintenance and disruption costs.
The aircraft is due to go into service next week. However, as we understand the significance of a new plane and the interest this generates from the public of Guernsey, therefore an open day is being arranged for people to view G-OATR at Guernsey airport – more details of this will be released shortly.
Photo credit: P.LIHOU
For further information, contact Jess Mauger on 01481 268817 or email [email protected]
Aurigny, Guernsey’s Airline, is the flag carrier airline servicing the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Based in Guernsey it has an extensive route network with regular flights to Alderney, Bristol,
East Midlands, Guernsey, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, and Southampton.
Aurigny also runs seasonal flights to Grenoble, Leeds Bradford and Norwich. Aurigny is proud of its local heritage and is celebrating its 51st year.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. In 2018 the company had a turnover of US$1.8 billion. The unifying vision of the company’s 1,400 employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATRs open more than 100 new routes every year, burn up to 40% less fuel and emit up to 40% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATRs have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.
For more information, please visit http://www.atr-aircraft.com and www.atr-intolife.com