Jul 17, 2018GeneralComments Off on Far Eastern Air leases another 4 ATR aircraft
Taipei, Far Eastern Air Transport Corp. (FAT) on Tuesday signed a letter of intent with aircraft leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital, to lease another four ATR72-600 aircraft amid efforts to modernize its fleet.
The carrier said it leased one ATR72-600 in June from another aircraft leasing company, Aviation PLC, with all five aircraft set to be delivered and start operations in the third quarter of this year.
The new aircraft are expected to boost service quality on domestic routes, especially as the carrier is retiring its aging fleet of eight McDonnell Douglas MD-82/83 aircraft, FAT said.
Of its eight MD planes, six are 20 years old or more and two others are approaching that age, Tseng said last year.
In addition to the MD aircraft, FAT currently operates two ATR72-600s, which were introduced last year.
The ATRs fly between Taiwan and its outlying islands, including the Taichung-Magong, Taichung-Kinmen and Kaohsiung-Magong routes, providing 20 flights per day, the airline said.
FAT Chief Operating Officer Tseng Chin-chih (???) said the five new ATRs will operate on the Taipei-Kinmen and Taipei-Magong routes, adding that the company will continue to expand its ATR fleet until it has a fleet of 9-11 aircraft.
In addition, FAT will obtain a total of 11 737 MAX aircraft over the next five years by leasing two new 737 MAX a year from 2019-2022, with the final three in 2023, the airline said.
The medium-haul jets will be used on international and cross-strait routes, it said.