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TRIP Linhas Aéreas
Airliner orders have kept flowing at the Paris Air Show, with a flurry of late orders from Wednesday and throughout Thursday morning. Airbus was again the main beneficiary as leasing group Hong Kong Aviation Capital ordered 40 A320neos and 20 A321neos in a deal worth $6.4 billion. United Airlines ordered 10 A350-1000s and upgraded 25 -900 options to firm purchases of the larger -1000 in a $4.4 billion contract.
Leasing firm HGI yesterday placed a firm order for 10 ATR 72-600s for delivery to Brazilian carrier Passaredo Linhas Aéreas. The value of the deal, including options on another 10 airplanes, amounts to $482 million. HGI Capital Group also becomes a shareholder of Passaredo, following the approval of ANAC, Brazil’s National Agency for Civil Aviation.
At a ceremony held yesterday at the Paris Air Show, Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) chairman Martin Møller signed an order for 90 ATR turboprops, including 35 firm (30 ATR 72-600s and five ATR 42-600s), valued at more than $2.1 billion. The first ATR will be delivered to NAC in the fall. ATR is here at chalet B345 and has an aircraft at Static E.
ATR collected orders for a total of 19 new ATR 72-600s from two customers last month, one of which also announced plans to lease another nine of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M-powered turboprops.
Brazil’s TRIP Linhas Aéreas today announced plans to acquire 18 new 68-seat ATR 72-600s and reserve options on another 22. The airline will order nine ATR-600s directly from the manufacturer and lease another nine from Air Lease Corporation and Gecas. The addition of the 18 airplanes to the fleet would make TRIP the largest ATR operator in the world, with 51 of the Franco-Italian turboprops.
Here at the Paris Air Show, ATR is showcasing its newly certified ATR 72-600 in the livery of Royal Air Maroc. Meanwhile, the European airframer’s final assembly line in Toulouse is to ramp up production of the 70-seater by 40 percent–in part driven by expectations of significant new orders to be placed at Le Bourget this week. Plans for a 90-seater could be firmed up next year.
Brazil’s Trip Linhas Aéreas took delivery of its first Embraer E190 last month during a ceremony held May 5 at the manufacturer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, in the state of São Paulo. The airline already flies nine 86-seat E175s and plans to collect nine 110-seat E190s by year-end.
Azul Linhas Aereos, Brazil’s newest discount airline, registered a 79.71-percent load factor and carried 2.2 million passengers last year, its first full year of operation, and the fledgling carrier expects to turn a profit this year.
Flybe yesterday placed what will likely be the biggest regional airliner deal of the Farnborough show week, committing to buy up to 140 Embraer 175 aircraft with a potential combined value of $5 billion. The contract signed here includes 35 firm orders (worth $1.3 billion), 65 options and 40 purchase rights.
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