Taipei - On January 15, Mandarin Airlines held a ceremony in Taipei on to present its first three ATR 72-600s, which will enter into service in the coming weeks on domestic routes.

The ATR 72-600s of the Mandarin Airlines are configured to accommodate 70 passengers, and leased from Avation PLC Group. The company expects to include six more 72-600 (two aircraft per year by 2020) purchased directly from ATR.

This brand new ATRs are expected to come into service before the Chinese New Year to meet the increase in traffic associated with upcoming holidays, says the aircraft manufacturer in a statement.

Based at Taipei-Songshan Airport, Mandarin Airlines is a subsidiary of Taiwanese carrier China Airlines.

ATR instructors and maintenance specialists are already assisting Mandarin Airlines with pilot training and qualification, as well as building up maintenance facilities at Taipei-Songshan Airport for Type C maintenance, as part of the contract signed with ATR in July, 2017

We are setting up a new partnership, which will provide passengers with a modern, versatile and efficient air transport solution in a highly competitive environment. ATRs have built their success around the world based on their ability to meet the needs of airlines through their economic and environmental efficiency,
ATR CEO Christian Scherer said.

The contract which was announced on July 18, 2017, has a value of $160 million at the list price. Mandarin Airlines' current fleet includes six Embraer 190s, and two Boeing 737-800s rented from its parent company. The arrival of the ATR 72-600s will allow the company to deploy its E190s more frequent on international routes such as Hanoi.