Breaking Travel News is reporting that Caribbean Airlines has ordered nine ATR 72-600 regional turboprops at a total value of $200 million.
The news comes as the flag-carrier of Trinidad & Tobago seeks to consolidate its position in the Caribbean following the acquisition of Air Jamaica.
The deal follows a memorandum of understanding signed in September and will make the airline a new operator of ATR regional aircraft.
Deliveries of ATR 72-600s to Caribbean Airlines will start in October. According to Franco-Italian group ATR the aircraft will be configured with 68 seats.
Caribbean Airlines will use its new ATR 72-600s to replace its current fleet of five Bombardier Dash 8-300 turboprops on domestic routes, and add new service frequencies linking Trinidad and Tobago and surrounding destinations.