Torres Strait Air to Operate Tecnam P2012 Travellers, Expanding STOL Capabilities

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Torres Strait Air will receive two Tecnam P2012s in May and June, becoming the first Australian operator of the type.

The AUD22 million deal includes options for three short take-off and landing (STOL) versions. Torres Strait Air CEO Daniel Takai expressed excitement about the expansion, stating that the STOL capability will be a game-changer for their communities.The National Australia Bank's Indigenous Fund is financing the acquisition, aiming to double its lending to indigenous businesses and community organizations to AUD1 billion over the next three years.

The fund supports the economic advancement and financial aspirations of Australia's indigenous people.The acquisition of the P2012s is part of Torres Strait Air's broader fleet renewal program, which will cost the airline around AUD45 million. The airline also signed a letter of intent with Britten-Norman to acquire up to ten Islanders to replace existing BN-2s and Shrike.

Britten-Norman's recent sale marks the end of a period of uncertainty for the company, with CEO William Hynett looking forward to converting letters of intent into firm orders and deposits.

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