Aurigny confirms order for three ATR 72-600

Aurigny has confirmed its order for three brand new ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft. The ‘Letter of Intent’ (LoI) was signed during the Farnborough Air Show 2018, the first aircraft is expected to be delivered in August 2019.

The opportunity to modernise our fleet, allowing us to offer our customers the very latest standards of comfort whilst introducing technology that will minimise disruption to their travel, makes perfect sense. Aurigny plays a key role in assuring vital connectivity between Guernsey and the UK and Europe. These new aircraft are going to make a significant difference both to our flight operations and to the people of Guernsey.Mark Darby, CEO of Aurigny

The Guernsey-based regional airline will also become the launch customer for ATR’s newly developed ClearVision Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

This technology uses an external camera to display an augmented outside-view to a head-mounted visor, which is worn by the pilots. The EVS will improve the pilot’s vision even under low-visibility conditions.

Especially Aurigny’s crew will benefit from this technology as its flight operations are regularly affected by fog due to Guernsey’s location in the English Channel. According to a study conducted by the aircraft manufacturer, an ATR airplane equipped with the ClearVision EVS could have saved 50% of the disrupted landings in Guernsey, over the period of a year.

The airline’s network includes services to Guernsey, Alderney and destinations across the UK. Those routes are operated by a fleet of ATR 42, ATR 72, as well as one Embraer E195 and Dornier 228s.