Taiwan - On November 24, ATR delivered the first ATR 72-600 of the Taiwanese company Mandarin Airlines. The aircraft will be used to strengthen the domestic lines of this subsidiary of China Airlines.

Four months after the signing of the initial order, ATR announced Friday, November 24, delivery of the first of nine ATR 72-600 to Mandarin Airlines. On this occasion, the company becomes a new operator of ATR.

According to ATR, the -600 series are known to allow the opening of new roads an to create on average 100 new routes each year in the world.

"The inclusion of these devices into the Mandarin Airlines fleet will significantly increase the frequency of flights on each inland route, and then introduce potential new routes," says Jenny Tsao, the president of Mandarin Airlines.

"The ATR 72-600 makes possible this increase in the frequency of flights, as well as the improvement of services to passengers, allowing them to benefit, for example, from three to five daily flights, against one or two flights currently operated. Increasing the frequency of flights is for us a major objective that has motivated the introduction of the ATR 72-600s on our market," he continued.

According to ATR, the -600 series are known to allow the opening of new roads an to create on average 100 new routes each year in the world. The aircraft is expected to help improve regional connectivity across the island.

In addition to this contract, ATR is also willing to provide technical and engineering support to China Airlines and its subsidiaries. This assistance will enable the Taiwanese national airline to develop ATR's internal heavy maintenance capabilities, which will extend to C-type tours.

Operating mainly from Taipei-Songshan and Taichung airports, Mandarin Airlines operates now six Embraer 190s and one Boeing 737-800 leased from its parent company.

Founded in June 1991, Mandarin Airlines was initially a joint venture between China Airlines (67%) and Koos Group (33%). Today, China Airlines owns 93.99% of Mandarin Airlines.