ACIA Aero Leasing delivered the first of two ATR 72-500 aircraft to Australian charter operator Aerlink Pty Limited (Aerlink), formerly commercially known as Hevilift Australia Fixed Wing. The airline took delivery of the first ATR 72-500 in January, with the second aircraft expected to arrive before the end of the Q1/23.
“As Australia’s recovery in the air travel industry continues apace, notably in the rapid-growth regional segment where the ATR 72 is the optimal aircraft, it is a pivotal moment for Aerlink to optimize its fleet with the addition of these ATR 72s,” Elze Le Roux, senior vice president, leasing and customer relationships at ACIA Aero Leasing, said. “We look forward to building upon this newly established relationship and supporting Aerlink’s continued growth journey under the new brand.”
“It’s been great to work with ACIA on this project as we continue to expand our turboprop fleet,” commented an Aerlink spokesperson, “the addition of these two aircraft from ACIA will allow us to fulfill a critical contract for one of our customers.”
“We see tremendous opportunities for regional aircraft in the Australasian market,” Mick Mooney, CEO of ACIA Aero Leasing, said. “We continue to expand into new markets where we see long-term opportunities. We’re excited to be entering the Australian market with such a top-caliber operator as we continue to build out ACIA’s footprint throughout the region.”
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