Air Tahiti confirms order for two ATR 42-600S, orders additional ATR 72-600

Air Tahiti signed a firm order for one ATR 72-600 and confirmed a deal for two ATR 42-600S signed in 2019.

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“Air Tahiti has been supporting the social and economic development of French Polynesia for 65 years, offering its local communities a quick and affordable access to fresh produce, health, education and culture, whilst also boosting tourism," Manate Vivish, Air Tahiti’s General Manager, stated in a press release. "Our ATR fleet has been instrumental in allowing us to achieve this essential mission, and will continue to be as we keep growing and offering further sustainable connectivity."

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According to its website, Air Tahiti operates a fleet of 7 ATR-72, 2 ATR-42, and 3 Beechcraft King Air B200. The French airline will become the launch customer of the ATR 42-600S. The aircraft, whose "S" stands for Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL), allows for take-offs and landings on 800-meter (2,600-feet) runways only, with 40 passengers on board.

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ATR officially launched the ATR 42-600S at the Paris Air Show 2019. The Franco-Italian regional aircraft manufacturer started test flights earlier in May 2022. The first deliveries are expected for the end of 2024.

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