Air New Zealand and the European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR have signed a contract for the purchase of 15 additional ATR 72-600s. The deal is valued at some US$ 375 million. The airline, which ordered seven ATR 72-600s in 2011, had already exercised all of its five options as well as converted two purchase rights into firm orders. With the arrival of all the firm aircraft, Air New Zealand will operate, by 2020, a total of 29 ATR 72-600s, the third largest fleet of ATR aircraft worldwide. Air New Zealand’s ATR ‘-600’ fleet will progressively replace the ATR ‘-500s’, while
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