NordStar Airlines takes delivery of its first ATR 42-500

The Russian carrier will operate 4 ATR 42-500s in Krasnoyarsk Region

Toulouse,  14 March 2011

ATR and Russia’s Taimyr Airlines (NordStar Airlines), are pleased to announce today the delivery of the first ATR 42-500, of a total order for 4 firm aircraft, plus 3 options placed in 2010. The Krasnoyarsk-based ATR 42-500s will fly to new regional destinations within Krasnoyarsk Region as well as to destinations such as Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Ekaterinburg.

The 46-seat ATR 42-500, equipped with PW127M engines, will also be fitted with additional features to facilitate operations in Siberia and Russian Far North (ETOPS 120 minutes, operations down to – 45°C, special fuselage protection).

Kirill Buryy, General Director of Taimyr Airlines (NordStar Airlines), declares: « After evaluating the range of available options for our new operations out of Krasnoyarsk, we have selected the ATR 42-500 to complement our B737NG fleet as it is the best suited for operations in the tough climatic conditions and airport infrastructure of Siberia and Russian Far North. Our new ATR 42-500 will allow us to operate a highly reliable service with the lowest operating costs of its category. The ATR 42-500 will burn 40% less fuel than the An-24s currently in operation within Krasnoyarsk region while cutting flight time. With the introduction of this new aircraft, Taimyr Airlines (NordStar Airlines) will offer Krasnoyarsk Region residents new air travel options at the highest standard of safety and comfort but at affordable fares”.

Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, declares: “We are proud that one of the most dynamic and innovative Russian carriers, Taimyr Airlines (NordStar Airlines), has selected the ATR 42-500 as backbone of their new regional fleet. Our aircraft has the level of performance, reliability and economic efficiency that are needed for Taimyr Airlines (NordStar Airlines) to achieve its ambitious goals. We also look forward to further develop the ATR fleet in the high-growth Russian Federation market, one of the most promising in the world”.

About Taimyr Airlines (NordStar Airlines)

NordStar Airlines (Taimyr Airlines) is an efficiently developing aviation project of Russian metal company Norilsk Nickel. One of the main tasks of the carrier is to provide effective, qualitative and available air communication among Krasnoyarsk and Norilsk and the biggest cities of Russia. The carrier carries out its flights with B737NG fleet.

About ATR

Formed in 1981, ATR has grown to become the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced 50 to 74 seat regional turboprop aircraft, has sold more than 1000 aircraft and has 165 operators in 90 countries. ATR operators have cumulated more than 20 million flights. ATR is a joint venture and equal partnership between major European aerospace companies Alenia Aeronautica (a Finmeccanica company) and EADS. Its headquarters are in Toulouse, France. ATR is certified ISO 14001, the worldwide standard for environmental management and sustainability.

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