First Air's first ATR-42F, Hawaiian's three ATR-72s
The world's first ATR-42-300 class C dedicated freighter is now in service. Its owner, First Air, has operated the first commercial flight with its redelivered aircraft.
Deployed by the carrier as a "quick change" variant since 2001, the turboprop aircraft was retired from active service in August 2017 in order to undergo P2F conversion. First Air operates regular and chartered flights to remote communities in Canada's Nunavut, Nunavik and Northwest Territories.
In the ITJ 11-12/2018 out today, you will learn that another regional carrier from North America is currently phasing in three ATR-72 freighters on scheduled interisland services.
Hawaiian Airlines, which based its long-haul operations on an A330 fleet, is also undergoing a strategic change. The airline announced that it will purchase ten B787-9 jets with rights for ten additional B787s this week. (ah)