Krasnoyarsk, Russia - Russian regional airline KrasAvia announced that it would lease three ATR-72-500. The planes will be the first western-built airliners in the Russian carrier's fleet.
KrasAvia will replace its old An-24 and An-26 turboprops with the larger ATR-72s. The new turboprops are expected to join the Russian operator's fleet in May through September next year.
With the arrival of ATR-72s, the regional carrier will be able to expand its route network to the new Siberian destinations.
KrasAvia has recently signed an agreement with the Russian flag carrier Aeroflot to provide feeder flights from Krasavia to other regional hubs in Siberia.
KrasAvia is owned by the administration of the Krasnoyarsk region. The airline operates a fleet that consists of Russian-made planes, including ten Yak-42Ds, six An-24/26s, three L-410UVP-E20s, one An-32A, and 22 Mi-8 helicopters.