Romanian national carrier TAROM will introduce nine new ATR 72-600 aircraft into its fleet to modernise its short-haul operations and help fuel its future growth.
The ATR 72-600 will be leased from regional aircraft lessor NAC. Deliveries will commence in October 2019 through to 2020.
TAROM has been successful in its domestic market operations by using ATRs to allow it to compete with low-cost carriers.
New ATRs will offer TAROM an additional 330,000 seats every year at the same operating cost as its previous seat level, improving short haul connectivity in Romania and supporting the development of local and more isolated communities.
This is set to provide TAROM with the possibility to further expand and consolidate their position in the market.
TAROM chief executive officer (CEO), Madalina Mezei said: “We have selected ATR after a comprehensive review of competing aircraft, with the ATR 72-600s demonstrating they are the best aircraft to meet our ambitious targets regarding efficiency, modern technology and environmental responsibility.
“With this aircraft, we will be able to develop new routes and increase frequency and seat availability, whilst introducing the highest levels of comfort and the latest technology into our domestic network.”
The Romanian national airline operates a fleet of 25 aircraft, including seven ATR 42-500s and two ATR 72-500s which are now to be traded in for the announced nine 72-600s.