Lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has announced the acquisition of former MacAir ATR 42-500 VH-UYJ, joining the company’s existing fleet of 160 turboprops and regional jets worldwide.
Now registered OY-EDL, the ATR 42, s/n 571, departed Cairns last weekend bound for NAC’s Billund, Denmark, base. The aircraft had been parked at Cairns since MacAir’s collapse in January 2009.
“There is significant and increasing interest around the world in new and pre-owned turboprop aircraft. The former MacAir ATR 42-500 is an excellent acquisition for us, joining our portfolio at a time of great demand for medium to large turboprop airliners,” NAC vice president sales and acquisitions, Dean Osborne said.
The purchase of the ex MacAir ATR follows NAC’s decision to join the Regional Airlines Association of Australia (RAAA) at the organisation’s annual general meeting earlier this month.