Market-leading aircraft manufacturer ATR and Silk Avia, Uzbekistan’s new regional airline, have signed Heads of Agreement (HOA) for the acquisition of five new ATR 72-600, three directly from ATR and two from a lessor. In addition to this agreement, the airline will soon start its operations with three used ATR 72-600.
Silk Avia’s owner, Uzbekistan Airports, has invested heavily in establishing a wide network of upgraded and new airports to better serve the domestic and regional market. The primary purpose of Silk Avia is to stimulate domestic tourism and business development. The airline will also increase regional connectivity to the capital of Tashkent and provide direct access between the Uzbek cities.
These aircraft will open up new point to point opportunities, serving around 40 routes in the country. They will connect 11 domestic airports, and 7 additional airports in the future, supporting the growth of the country and its thriving tourism industry.
The operational versatility and affordability of the ATR 72-600 are proven worldwide, burning 45% less fuel and emitting 45% less CO2 than a similar-sized regional jet, positioning ATR as the perfect fit for economical and sustainable expansion.
The aircraft will be equipped with the new PW127XT engines, offering a 20% reduction in maintenance costs and a 3% reduction in fuel consumption compared to existing engine. Silk Avia’s aircraft will be the first new ATRs to operate in the whole Central Asia.
Silk Avia and ATR have also announced the signature of a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). Through this five-year pay-by-the-hour contract, Silk Avia will take full advantage of manufacturer expertise to support its ATR aircraft, thereby reducing maintenance costs while boosting operations. The contract includes the repair, overhaul and Line Replaceable Unit Pool Exchange Service, an on-site stock of spare parts, a spare part agreement, along with propeller availability and maintenance services.