by Devesh Agarwal
Austrian carrier InterSky has taken delivery of their first ATR 72-600 aircraft ordered in 2012. This is also the first ATR aircraft that will fly in the livery of an Austrian airline. The second ATR 72-600 ordered by InterSky is scheduled for delivery in March this year.
The new aircraft was welcomed this morning at Friedrichshafen Airport, the company’s main operating base, strategically situated in the southernmost part of Germany. Although head-quartered in Bregenz, Austria, InterSky benefits from the proximity of the Friedrichshafen Airport to both Swiss and Austrian borders allowing the airline to conveniently serve many commuters and business travellers from the Alpine regions.
with the aircraft entering service on routes to key regional destinations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The ATR72-600 are equipped with a new full-glass cockpit and feature a high comfort layout seating 70 passengers with larger overhead bins.
With the introduction of these two new ATR 72-600s, InterSky should almost double the seat capacity of its fleet, which currently consists of three 50-seat turboprop aircraft.
About the ATR 72-600:
- Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
- Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
- Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
- Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg
- Maximum load: 7,500 Kg
- Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)
Founded in 1981, ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company) and EADS.
Visit the Flying Engineer for a great technical comparison between the Q400 and the ATR72.