Silver Airways takes wraps off 72 seat ATR planes

Silver Airways has become the first
U.S. carrier to add the ATR 72-600 to its fleet. 

The Florida-based carrier inaugurated the 72-seat aircraft
Saturday on a flight between Tampa and Pensacola. The introduction follows
Silver’s unveiling in April of its first 46-seat ATR 42-600. 

To date, Silver has taken delivery of its first seven of at
least 20 ATR-600s, including six of the smaller 42-600 variant along with the
new 72-600. The carrier also has an option for up to 30 additional ATRs. The
aircraft are replacing Silver’s fleet of 34-seat twin propeller Saab aircraft. 

Silver says the aircraft enable quicker flights. The planes are
purpose-built for short- and medium-haul flying. 

The carrier said it will initially use the ATR-72-600 to and
from destinations in Florida and the Bahamas before introducing the new
aircraft on Caribbean routes next year.

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