MIAMI — Spanish carrier Binter, a long-standing ATR operator in Europe, has signed an agreement to buy six additional ATR 72-600s, taking their total order for the aircraft to eighteen.

The new aircraft will serve Binter’s Canary Islands network, besides contributing to the fleet renewal process that the airline commenced two years ago with the purchase of the first six of the type.

The airline has already received four ATR 72-600s, which have replaced part of its ATR 72-500s, now to be deployed in the airline’s subsidiary in Cape Verde.

Pedro Agustin del Castillo, President of Binter assured that the ATR 72-600 is “clearly the best aircraft to continue modernizing our fleet, optimizing our network, and ensuring future growth opportunities. Our new order further reaffirms Binter’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation.”

According to ATR’s market forecast 2016-2035, the average annual fleet growth within Europe is set to grow at 3.3% annually, driving a need for 600 turboprop aircraft to address the Europe’s rising regional and domestic air travel requirements.