DUBAI, November 15 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s NordStar Airlines signed on Tuesday a firm contract for three regional planes ATR 42-600. The contract was signed at the Dubai Airshow 2011.
Early in the year, the Russian company ordered two ATR 42-600 planes and signed an option for two more aircraft. Now it has firm contacts for five ATR 42-600 and options for two more planes of this type. The total cost of all seven ordered planes is 132 million dollars.
NordStar already has four ATR 42-500 planes and after the signing of a new contract it becomes the first in Russia operator of ATR 42-600 aircraft.
The Russian carrier owned by Norilsky Nikel Company and servicing the Krasnoyarsk region now has nine planes in its fleet.
The director general of NordStar Airlines, Kirill Buryi, said the carrier operates four new ATR 42-500 planes since May 2011. “These planes fully meet the conditions of flights in adverse weather conditions of the Krasnoyarsk region and the Far North”.
“With new ATR 42-600 planes we will expand our routes and the frequency of flights,” he said.
Russia and CIS countries currently operate 38 ATR aircraft.