ATR announced it expects to build on its recent deal with Virgin Blue and Skywest Airlines and gain more of the regional aircraft market in the future (The Australian, 04-Mar-2011). Virgin Blue will operate 18 ATR 72 aircraft as part of a strategic alliance with Perth-based Skywest. The ATRs will replace the airline’s six Embraer E170s. Sydney-based head of sales John Moore stated: “There was no reason why we shouldn't be present in Australia - we think we have a product that's well suited to the market and there are some opportunities here.”
ATR seeks expansion in Australia on Virgin deal
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