Irish regional Aer Arann has taken delivery of its first of eight ATR 72-600s. The aircraft order, which was announced at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2012, is valued at approximately $187 million at current list prices. Deliveries are scheduled between 2013 and 2014.

The aircraft will replace Aer Arann’s older existing fleet of ATR 72-200s and ATR 42-300s.

With three ATR 72-500s currently in service, the new aircraft will bring to 11 the total ATR fleet operated by Aer Arann. The aircraft, which will fly in the livery of Aer Lingus Regional, starts service this month.

Aer Arann will open up two new routes departing from Dublin to Manchester and Birmingham, which should bring the airline's route network to 24. Together with existing Aer Lingus mainline services to Manchester and Birmingham, these new services will result in a significant ramping up of frequencies on two of the busiest routes on the Ireland to UK network. Also, Aer Arann plans to increase frequencies on its Dublin Edinburgh and Dublin Glasgow routes.