BUCHAREST (Romania), November 18 (SeeNews) – Romanian-based Carpatair said on Wednesday it has signed a deal to buy three 72-seated Fokker-70 aircraft for an undisclosed sum as part of its medium-term development plans.
„This acquisition [...] will alow us to access new markets and destinations for which the Fokker-100 is too large. Using the Fokker-70 aircrafts will also allow us to cut operating costs for some destinations by up to 20%,” the airline CEO Nicolae Petrov said in a statement.
The new aircraft will be used for flights in Romania and abroad. The first Fokker-70 will be delivered in December, the other two will follow in February and March next year.
Carpatair, a privately held Romanian-Swiss regional airline, has commercial and operational offices in 10 Romanian cities and operates 250 regular flights a week to 30 destinations in six countries.
The foreign destinations include Budapest, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Paris, Bergamo, Milan, Turin, Treviso, Ancona, Athens, Bologna, Rome, Florence, Verona, Venice, Lvov, Odessa and Chisinau.
Carpatair (www.carpatair.com), based in the western city of Timisoara, began operations in 1999. It has a fleet of three Fokker-100s, and 13 SAAB-2000s.