Air France HOP! removes ATRs from its fleet

Paris, France - Air France's low-cost subsidiary HOP will withdraw its last three ATR 42-500 from service by the end of this month.

The three ATR 42-500 of the French low-cost are 23.4 years old on average. They will be officially retired by the end of the second quarter.

The only active ATR 42-500 in recent days was the turboprop registered F-GPYB which has flown in between Toulouse and Düsseldorf airports.

HOP has also six ATR 72-600 that have been in service since April 2015, but they will also be removed from the French budget carrier's fleet by 2020.

From next year, the airline will rely on its 67 regional jets in the fleet for its operations - 25 j Bombardier CRJ700 and CRJ1000, and 42 Embraer ERJ145, E170 and E190.

The carrier has also six Embraer E190 in its order book waiting to be delivered over time.

Air France HOP operates 600 daily flights to 50 destinations and carries around 13 million passengers per year.