Thailand’s Bangkok Airways and the European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR signed a contract for the purchase of three ATR 72-600s, valued at approximately US$24.6m each. This deal represents the conversion into firm orders of the options included in the deal unveiled earlier this year at the Singapore Airshow (6 firm ATR 72-600s and two options), plus one additional aircraft. With the acquisition of these new ATR ‘-600s’, the airline will bring to nine its total fleet of ATR 72-600s. The delivery of their first aircraft is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, while the 9th aircraft is expected to arrive into the airline’s fleet by the first quarter of 2017. With the introduction of their new ATR -600s, Bangkok Airways is further extending its long term partnership with ATR since the two companies have been cooperating for more than 20 years.