Etihad Regional prepares the way for route expansion
Swiss airline Etihad Regional has announced that its fleet is to be expanded with four ATR aircraft, paving the way for an increase in air routes from the airline formerly known as Darwin Airline.
The deal is both surprising and expected at the same time. Etihad Regional announced the procurement of further aircraft for the former Darwin Airline, one third of which has been owned by Etihad Airways since November 2013. Unsurprising the order was placed just a few weeks after Eithad Airways came on board. However, more unexpected is that Etihad Regional will rent the four ATR 72-500’s through a leasing agreement with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) rather than purchase the planes outright. The search for 72 new crew members needed for the larger fleet is still ongoing.
The fleet of Etihad Regional
Etihad Regional will then be represented in the European market by a fleet of twelve aircrafts. Currently only eight Saab 2000’s are being used, with 50 seats each. Etihad Region offers flight destinations include Rome, Cambridge, Valencia as well as Prague from Lugano and Geneva. During the summer the number of flight destinations should increase from the 15 currently offered to a total of 34. Thus Etihad Regional’s offering will be more than doubled – totally in line with the big plans of the new shareholder, Etihad Airways.