Florida-based regional carrier Silver Airways has started ATR 42-600 turboprop operations in the United States.
This marks the first time a US airline is operating revenue flights with an ATR -600 series. The first flight departed from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and arrived at Key West International Airport on Monday.
Silver Airways has already taken delivery of three new ATR 42-600 aircraft, that are part of an initial order for 20 ATR -600 series aircraft split among the 46-seat ATR 42 and 70-seat ATR 72 turboprops.
The ATR airplanes will allow the airline to further expand its services in the Southeastern United States, the Bahamas and the Caribbean and, at a later point, replace Silver’s current fleet of 21 Saab 340B.
Silver Airways intends to take delivery and begin operating five more ATR 42-600s in 2019. Furthermore, subject to regulatory approval, the airline also plans to take delivery of at least three ATR 72-600 this year and expects to receive all 20 aircraft of its initial ATR aircraft order by 2020. Silver Airways holds purchase options for 30 more ATR aircraft.
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