Amakusa Airlines (Japan) extended the contract until 01 August 2018 for one ATR42-600, serial 1215, on lease from Japan Air Commuter, as Amakusa’s sole aircraft undergoes continued maintenance.
TAROM (Romania) plans to replace nine ATRs and is mulling the replacement of four B737-300s, as it negotiates from OEMs for 9-13 aircraft.
ATR (France) received certification from EASA for its new ATR72-600 Full Flight Simulator based at its headquarters in Toulouse.
Tsaradia (Madagascar) took delivery of one ATR72-600, serial 1248, leased from Elix Aviation Capital (Ireland).
Myanmar National Airlines is trying to launch a large-scale maintenance center catering to ATR aircraft. The facility, which was actually complete three years ago, has already been approved by the DCA. However, it has yet to be recognized by EASA.
Chalair (France) plans to set up a base at Limoges-Bellegarde airport with four new ATR42s to be based there by early 2019, as part of its attempt to secure PSO routes.
Avation (Singapore) estimates that revenue for the year ended 30 June 2018 will be US$109 million (unaudited), up 15% yoy. As at 30 June 2018 Avation’s fleet comprised 38 aircraft, with a CS300 on lease to airBaltic (Latvia) and one ATR72-600 on lease Far Eastern Air (Taiwan) to be added in July and September 2018, respectively. Aviation is also assessing other aircraft purchase opportunities.
Buddha Air (Nepal) took delivery of one ATR72-500, serial 759, leased from ATR (France).
Cebu Pacific (Philippines) signed an agreement with IPR Conversions (Swizterland) to convert two of its ATR72-500s into freighters, with the first of two converted aircraft delivering in 4Q 2018. The cargo aircraft will continue to be operated through Cebgo (Philippines).