This kind of order is unusually high for a small regional airline, and a small plane company like ATR. Silver Airways (Floridian and Caribbean regional airline) has signed a letter of intent to purchase 50 ATR-600 aircraft, for 1.1 billion dollars. It’s the first ATR -600 series order for a North American carrier. The order will start with 20 ATR 42-600 planes and they will change the order to the larger ATR 72-600 aircraft later on. They are going to use it to replace the aging Saab 340 fleet.
Personally, I’m going to miss the Saab 340 and I feel that their livery looks much better on that. I’m glad I got to see them a bunch of times at FLL when I go yearly.