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PIA to get seven new ATR 42-500 turbo prop aircraft

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KARACHI, Nov 2 (APP)- The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will acquire seven new ATR 42-500 turbo prop aircrafts.

This was announced in a statement of the Airline issued here on Wednesday.

It said that PIA inked an agreement with M/s Avions de Transport Regional (ATR), France, for the purchase of seven new ATR 42-500 turbo prop aircraft on Wednesday at PIA Head Office.

The agreement was signed by Tariq Kirmani, Chairman and CEO, PIA and Filippo Bagnato, CEO, ATR in the presence of Consul General of France and Italy.

The aircraft will replace PIA's old F-27 aircraft fleet operated on socio economic routes.

The 7 firm 48 seat aircraft are scheduled to be delivered between 2006 and 2007 with delivery of first aircraft to PIA in May 2006. The total value of the contract is approx US$ 100 million.

On this occasion Tariq Kirmani, Chairman and CEO, PIA said that "PIA carried out an in-depth evaluation of all aircraft available in this turbo prop aircraft category. Demo flight were also conducted during the evaluation, the aircraft were gauged on various performance attributes for instance, passenger appeal and comfort, aircraft maintainability, operational durability and economics. PIA selected ATR 42-500 aircraft as it best suited these parameters".

Filippo Bagnato, CEO, ATR stated "PIA is a second new customer to chose our aircraft this year. Once again this commercial success is evidence of the strong resurgence of the turbo prop aircraft in the regional aviation market. I am very proud of the decision in favour of ATR. ATR 42-500 offers a combination of exceptional overall performance and comfort unmatched int its class. ATR 42-500 has outstanding performance when operating from hot-and high and short runways, while maintaining the operating economics and reliability. This 48 seater aircraft has a specially designed low noise cabin interior providing maximum comfort to the passengers".

ATR 42-500 aircraft are equipped with the Multi-Purpose Computer (MPC) and complies with the latest navigation requirements such as Precision Are Navigation (P-RNAV). Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has sold 758 aircraft (398 ATR 42s and 360 ATR 72s). ATR 42-500 aircraft are operated by several airlines around the globe substantiating its triumph as market leader among other turbo prop aircraft.

The purchase transaction of seven turbo prop aircraft from ATR shall further strengthen Pakistan's economic ties with France and Italy in particular and with European Union in general for years to come.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan
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Following is link to ATR 42-500 specifications page at official website of ATR

http://www.atraircraft.com/atr42500.htm

Congratulations PIA =D>
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I now well and truly hope that this time, no interfering busybody in the garb of an 'aviation expert' goes and throws a spanner in the works.
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Moin wrote:I now well and truly hope that this time, no interfering busybody in the garb of an 'aviation expert' goes and throws a spanner in the works.
I agree, I am very happy for PIA regarding this announcement, but hopefully they don't change their minds again. I hope they are 100% sure that they will go with this deal. ATR makes excellent turbo prop aircraft can't wait to see them in the fleet.

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im still betting on the time wen inshallah the plane lands in Pakistan

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PIA - ATR agreement now appearing as latest news on main page of ATR's official website at:

http://www.atraircraft.com/
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Now that PIA has decided to purchase brandnew ATR42-500s to replace the fokker fleet, the next step should be to induct a few ATR72-500s to replace the 737-300s on some of the short haul routes.

Islamabad-Lahore
Islamabad-Multan
Islamabad-Quetta
Lahore-Quetta
Lahore-Multan
Karachi-Multan
Karachi-Rahim Yar Khan
Multan-Faisalabad

All these routes can benefit from the lower operating expense of the ATR72-500 versus the 737-300.

The 737-300 should in return be flying on the major domestic trunk routes.

In an all economy class the 737s should be deployed for flights from Karachi to Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad and Peshawar.

A combination of low fares, and higher frequency, the 737s should be used to kill Aero Asia.

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Just came online last night...... :lol:

PIA inks deal to replace F27s with ATR 42s


Flight International online news 11:45GMT: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has finalised an order for seven ATR 42-500 turboprops, concluding a deal which has been anticipated since July.

http://www.flightinternational.com/asse ... emID=10219

Deliveries of the 48-seat ATR 42s, which will replace Karachi-based PIAÃ's ageing Fokker F27s, will begin in May next year and end in 2007.

The $100 million deal was signed today at PIA's headquarters by the airline's chairman and CEO Tariq Kirmani and ATR chief executive Filippo Bagnato.

Kirmani says: "PIA carried out an in-depth evaluation of all aircraft available in this turboprop aircraft category. Demo flights were also conducted during the evaluation.

"The aircraft were gauged on various performance attributes, for instance passenger appeal and comfort, aircraft maintainability, operational durability and economics. PIA selected ATR 42-500 aircraft as it best-suited these parameters."

Eventual selection of the ATR 42-500 marks a change from state-owned PIA's original decision to acquire seven Bombardier Q300 turboprops. This deal, which was subject to Government approval, was never finalised.

Earlier this year PIA indicated that it might also add ATR 72s in the longer term. The carrier, which has a total fleet of 39 aircraft, serves 66 destinations - 42 international and 24 domestic - and employs over 19,000 staff.

ATR chief Bagnato says: "PIA is the second new customer to choose our aircraft this year. Once again, this commercial success is evidence of the strong resurgence of the turboprop aircraft in the regional aviation market. I'm very proud of the decision in favour of ATR."

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GO TO THE ATR Official website to see an ATR in the new current livery !!


Press Release on the ATR Website:


Purchase of ATR 42-500 Turboprop Aircraft

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Toulouse, November 3, 2005
PIA inked an agreement with ATR for the purchase of seven new ATR 42-500 aircraft on November 2, 2005 at PIA Head Office. The agreement was signed by Mr Tariq Kirmani, Chairman & CEO of PIA and Mr Filippo Bagnato, CEO of ATR in the presence of the General Consuls of France and Italy.
The aircraft will replace PIA's aging F-27 aircraft fleet operated on socio-economic routes. The 7 firm 48-seat ATR 42-500 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered between 2006 and 2007 with delivery of the first aircraft to PIA in May 2006.

The total value of the contract is approximately US $100 million.

At this auspicious occasion, Mr Tariq Kirmani said that "PIA carried out an in-depth evaluation of all aircraft available in this turboprop aircraft category. Demo flights were also conducted during the evaluation, the aircraft were gauged on various performance attributes for instance, passenger appeal and comfort, aircraft maintainability, operational durability and economics. PIA selected ATR 42-500 aircraft as it best suited these parameters".

Mr Filippo Bagnato stated: "PIA is the second new customer to choose our aircraft this year. Once again, this commercial success is evidence of the strong resurgence of the turboprop aircraft in the regional aviation market. I'm very proud of the decision in favour of ATR. The ATR 42-500 offers a combination of exceptional overall performance and comfort unmatched in its class. The ATR 42-500 has outstanding performance when operating from hot-and-high & short runways, while maintaining the operating economics and reliability. This 48 seater aircraft has a specially designed low noise cabin interior providing maximum comfort to the passengers".

The purchase transaction of seven turboprop aircraft from ATR shall further strengthen Pakistan's economic ties with France and Italy in particular and with Europe in general for years to come.

Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has sold 758 aircraft (398 ATR 42s and 360 ATR 72s).From January 1st 2005 onwards, ATR has sold 70 new aircraft including the 7 ATR 42-500 to PIA. ATR 42-500 aircraft are operated by several airlines around the globe substantiating its position as market leader among other turboprop aircraft.

About PIA
Founded in 1955, Karachi-based PIA operates 66 destinations (42 international and 24 domestic). With over 19,000 employees, the airline operates a total fleet of 39 aircraft, 9 of which are regional aircraft.

About ATR
Toulouse, Southern France-based regional aircraft manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) is the world leader in the 50 to 70-seat turboprop market. ATR is an equal partnership between Alenia Aeronautica (Finmeccanica group) and EADS. ATR is certified ISO 9001-2000 and EN/AS/JISQ 9100, the worldwide quality standard in the field of aeronautics.

http://www.atraircraft.com/pressreleases.htm#
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Is Islamabad-Quetta considered as Short Haul route?

Why isn't Islamabad-Faisalabad there for ATR service?
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Its there, PIA's new livery, here is the link, download it!!!!!

http://www.atr.fr/media/dnl/pia.zip (852.9k file in zip format)

The below shown screen shot is captured from the http://www.atraircraft.com/

Click on the red circled and you will get the file. :D

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Looks like the same old livery to me...with the fluttering flag on the tail...

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Yep its the same livery.

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Che wrote:Looks like the same old livery to me...with the fluttering flag on the tail...
Maybe they dont want to reveal the new livery just yet, most probably we will only see it on the delivery of the B772LRs...

Just like when they announced the B777 order the artist image showed the livery in PK current livery at the time i.e. 90 livery...