Synergy Aerospace has ordered 12 ATR 72-600s for operation by its new Argentinean subsidiary Avian Líneas Aéreas. The airline will be branded Avianca Argentina under a license agreement. Synergy has opted to configure the turboprops with 72 seats and expects to receive its maiden example before the end of the year. Entry into service is planned for the first quarter of 2017 when the aircraft will be introduced on new regional routes, first from Buenos Aires and then Córdoba.
Germán Efromovich, Chairman of Synergy Aerospace, said: “We are excited about the imminent launch of Avian Líneas Aéreas as an Avianca branded airline. We are looking forward to expanding services and linking under-served communities in Argentina thanks not only to a highly efficient and modern ATR 72-600 fleet but also the technical and logistic support of ATR/Airbus stemming from a traditional strong partnership, as well as to broaden and deepen Avianca’s network in South America.”
Christian Scherer, CEO of ATR, added: “The introduction of the ATR -600 series in Argentina is a major milestone in our expansion in Latin America. Argentina has great potential for the development of regional air connectivity, and we are pleased to bring the most cost-efficient, modern and comfortable solution to airlines and passengers alike.”
Synergy Aerospace’s majority owned subsidiary Avianca Holdings purchased 15 ATR 72-600s in 2012, which are operated by Avianca in Colombia and Central America.