September 6, 2011
Largest lessor of turboprop aircraft spreads wings to Australia
Nordic Aviation Capital has joined the Regional Airlines Association of Australia (RAAA). Its decision coincides with a continued surge of interest in new and pre-owned turboprop aircraft in Australia, needed to operate a growing number of flights within the regional and charter sectors. Nordic Aviation Capital currently offers a fleet of 160 aircraft to 30 customer companies in 20 countries, and the Danish-headquartered company, now in its 21st year, is committed to further international expansion. At this year’s Paris Air Show the company confirmed a $450 million order for 10 next-generation ATR 72-600s, plus 10 options. Deliveries are scheduled from late 2012 through to 2015, bolstering its ATR fleet to over 100 aircraft and reaffirming NAC as the largest lessor of the type. NAC’s fleet is largely comprised of turboprops including ATR 42 and ATR 72 series, Bombardier Dash 8-300 and Q400 series, Fokker 50s and Saab 2000s, plus jets including Bombardier CRJ, Boeing 737 and A320 models. International customers include Lufthansa, American Airlines, US Airways, SAS, Flybe, Air Berlin and TACA.