So with hindsight now, why the unholy haste to order the -600s as replacements so soon after the -500s entered service ?
Lack of foresight ? At the very least of due diligence ?
Considering how long the F27s soldiered on before being relieved by the F50s, and that in turn was worked to exhaustion prior to arrival of the ATR72-500s, a few eyebrows would have been raised I suspect
Firefly did not expect Malindo to enter aggressively and drop fares sky high. Malindo is also not doing well in its ATR services as there are plans to spinoff part of the operation elsewhere is also in the table. The ATR72-600 also has parts issues which can only be at the moment, sourced from ATR itself which causes significant delay in an event an aircraft has gone tech and in need of parts replacement. Cost for parts are also much higher than the 500 series.
Maswings received the 600 series as the glass cockpit and increased capability allows Maswings to fly into Sabah Sarawak terrain+weather infested airports during the night efficiently. Cost and sustainable passenger load factor was not on their side though. Backlash from state gov also as the fleet type was not approved for subsidization as contract was only for the 10 atr72-500.
Another note, the atr is not a very good aircraft when compared to fokker 50, While It has the best fuel burn and operating cost, performance wise it sucks over the pricey Q400. The ATR's Non sturdy landing gear that is attached to the fuselage has made it a not so nice aircraft to experience during landing and is common for the aircraft to sink on either left or right throughout the landing roll if either of the gear touches first with some crosswinds. Plane also not good at Bad weather penetration compared to fokker 50 as noted from past pilots who operate the aircraft. The main Landing gear door always detached itself while its slow to get parts to get it fixed, aircrafts with this missing landing gear door have to fly below the usual cruise speed significantly to prevent vibration. Aircraft's engine is also very underpowered to perform a quick go-arounds as it is the same engine from the ATR42.
Edited by jahur, 02 November 2016 - 04:50 PM.