PNG Air takes first ATR 72 combi

PNG Air is the launch customer for the combi variant of the popular ATR 72-600.

PNG Air is the launch customer for the combi variant of the popular ATR 72-600.

Papua New Guinea-based PNG Air (formerly Airlines PNG) took delivery of an ATR 72-600 Combi from ATR.

The carrier is scheduled to take delivery of one more ATR 72-600 this year, three in 2016, and two more in 2017. PNG Air is the launch customer for the ATR 72 Combi, and its eight-unit ATR 72 order includes options for fourteen more, although it is not known how many will be in combi configuration. The ATRs will gradually replace the carrier’s current fleet of fourteen Dash-8-100s.

Now, for your weekend viewing pleasure, here are a couple of ATR 72-related videos. The first shows two ATR 72s landing at Canada’s Quebec City Airport, the second is a promotional video from IPR Invest, which recently acquired the Alenia STCs for passenger-to-freighter conversion of the ATR aircraft.

The first aircraft to land in this video is a Liat unit in passenger configuration (accompanied by a beautiful flock of geese), the second is a Calm Air freighter.

And now the video from Switzerland-based IPR, detailing the construction and performance for freighter-converted ATR 42s and 72s.

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