Regional aircraft lessor ACIA Aero Leasing has delivered the first of two ATR 72-500 aircraft to Australian charter operator Aerlink, formerly known as Hevilift Australia Fixed Wing.
The airline took delivery of the first ATR 72-500 in January 2023, with the second aircraft expected to arrive before the end of the first quarter.
“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 optimise its fleet with the addition of these ATR 72s,” said Elze Le Roux, ACIA Aero Leasing’s SVP, Leasing & Customer Relationships. “We look forward to building upon this newly established relationship and supporting Aerlink’s continued growth journey under the new brand.”
The ATR 72s, painted in the recently re-branded livery, will bolster the operator’s diversified fleet of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, aiding Aerlink’s efforts to render turn-key charter services to industry and government for the transportation of personnel and equipment across Australia.
“It’s been great to work with ACIA on this project as we continue to expand our turboprop fleet,” commented an Aerlink spokesperson, adding that “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,” pointed out Mick Mooney, ACIA Aero Leasing chief executive, adding that “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.”