(05 July 2021)
The Greek airline Sky express has taken delivery of
ATR 72-600 aircraft.
With a fleet of 10 ATR -500 series aircraft, the
airline has opted to continue its long relationship with ATR for
its fleet modernisation project.
Theodoros Krokidas, Sky express President of the Board of Directors, said, “We are delighted to be introducing
the ATR 72-600 into our fleet. In today’s context, it is more
important than ever before to be able to offer our passengers
efficient and flexible solutions with the best possible standards
of comfort and safety. At Sky express we are committed to
contributing to reduce CO2 emissions, and the ATR 72-600 fits
perfectly in this strategy.
“ATR aircraft are well suited to
serving islands with their ability to take-off and land from
runways other aircraft simply cannot access and this is essential
for regional operations in a country such as Greece. We know that
when our passengers see this aircraft with its beautiful new
livery, they will be looking forward to enjoying the very latest
standards of on-board comfort.”
When the ATR 72-600 enters into
service later this month, it will be the first step in ensuring
continued and sustainable operations to Greece’s many islands.
The ATR 72-600 burns up to 40% less fuel and emits
up to 40% less CO2 than a similarly-sized regional jet. In 2019,
this advantage allowed it to become the first aircraft eligible
for Green Financing loans.
Stefano Bortoli, ATR Chief Executive, said, “There
is no better solution with which to provide essential links and
connectivity than an ATR 72-600, which is the sustainable
benchmark in regional aviation today. Studies have shown than an
increase of 10% in regional flights can lead to a 5% increase in
local GDP, proving the value of regional air transportation and
the fundamental role of regional connectivity. With many more
aircraft needing to be replaced, we hope that airlines all over
the world will follow the example set by SKY express and put their
faith in turboprop aircraft, which are the economical solution to
reducing emissions in aviation.”
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