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  • Joe Breitfeller

Binter Orders Five New ATR 72-600 Regional Turboprop Aircraft

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

At the Dubai Airshow on Monday, Binter ordered five ATR-72-600 aircraft, increasing their ATR orders to a total of 40 aircraft since 2002. The order is valued at $100 million and the company arranged financing with a consortium of the main Spanish banks.

Binter ATR 72-600 - Courtesy ATR

On Monday (November 15, 2021), Binter announced that they ordered five ATR 72-600 regional turboprop aircraft at the Dubai Airshow, plus options for additional aircraft. In total, Binter has ordered 40 ATR aircraft, including 23 ATR 72-600s, since becoming a 100 percent Canarian company in 2002. The deal is valued at $100 million, and was made possible by a financing agreement with a consortium of Spanish banks including Banco Santander, Caixabank, BBVA and Banco Sabadell. Monday’s ATR order was part of Binter’s continuous modernization process, with the aim of having one of the most modern fleets in the country.

In Monday’s announcement, Binter’s President, Rodolfo Núñez, said,

“The ATR 72 is a very versatile aircraft with characteristics that adapt very well to the operation of short and medium-range regional flights, proving over the years that it is suitable for most of the company's routes.”

Also commenting on Binter’s new order, ATR’s CEO, Stefano Bartoli, said,

“The long association between Binter and ATR goes back to the first delivery of the plane, we have seen them strengthen as an airline. Their assertion of our product makes it a true seal of approval and shows that our ATR has been reliable and profitable for the company and that passengers have enjoyed the experience on board. We will continue to introduce innovations that offer real value to airlines to provide the most sustainable and economical solution to connect local communities.”

Toulouse, France-based ATR was founded in 1981 and is now the world’s leading manufacturer of regional turboprop aircraft. Since their inception, ATR has sold over 1,500 aircraft to 200 airlines in more than 100 countries. The company was formed by a partnership between the Airbus Group and Leonardo.

Founded in 1989, Binter began flying in the Canary Islands archipelago with service connecting the islands and a clear focus on public service. In 2005, the airline began to operate flights outside of the Canary Islands with the goal of offering direct connections to other markets. Currently, Binter’s international route network includes 16 routes with nine destinations in Africa and seven destinations in Europe. The carrier’s African network includes Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir, Dakhla, El Aaiún, Nouakchott, Dakar, Banjul and Sal. Binter’s European network includes flights to Madeira, Lisbon, Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Turin and Venice. In 2018, the airline began regular service to national destinations, first to Mallorca and Vigo, and later to Pamplona, Zaragoza, Murcia, Santander, Vitoria, Asturias and Jerez de la Frontera. In 2021, Binter also added service to Tarragona.

Source: Binter