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Tue, 29 November 2022

Air Corsica Takes Delivery of First ATR 72-600 with PW127XT Engines

(29/11/22)  Air Corsica has taken delivery of the world's very first ATR 72-600 with PW127XT engines.

The airline signed a firm order for five ATR 72-600 at the Dubai Airshow in 2021.

The aircraft, which are equipped with USB ports for passengers to charge their electronic devices in-flight, will be used to upgrade Air Corsicas fleet and improve the company's sustainable footprint.

Air Corsica ATR 72-600, the first with PW127XT engines and also the first to have in-seat USB ports. Click to enlarge.
Air Corsica ATR 72-600, the first with PW127XT engines and also the first to have in-seat USB ports.

Marie-Hlne Casanova-Servas, President of Air Corsicas Supervisory Board, said, ATRs are central to our model of air travel in Corsica. They have proven to be the right product for our short-haul operations, enabling us to limit our impact on the islands pristine environment and to meet our passengers demand for quick, frequent, reliable, and yet lower emission, air travel. Selecting both the latest generation turboprop, the newest engine on the market to equip it, and the best maintenance programme to optimise its reliability, makes perfect business sense, and moreover, is the most responsible choice.

According to ATR, the brand new PW127XT engine will provide the airline with a 20% reduction in maintenance costs and a 3% improvement in fuel consumption compared to the PW127M which means 45% less fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared to similar-size regional jets.

Air Corsica has also opted to optimise the maintenance of its entire ATR fleet through a 12-year Global Maintenance Agreement. The pay-by-the-hour contract covers the repair, overhaul and pooling services of Line Replaceable Units, and includes the propellers, landing gears and leading edges availability and maintenance, plus a long-term price agreement for the provision of over 2,000 spare parts.

Air Corsica and ATR have grown together ever since their first ATR flight in 1990. Over decades they have shown commitment to flying the latest technology and most responsible aircraft available, said Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, ATR Chief Executive Officer. As our product evolves to meet new market needs and incorporates further innovations, it remains the most reliable, efficient, cost-effective aircraft on the market, as well as the most sustainable platform to operate regional routes. This makes ATR and Air Corsica a perfect match.

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