Etihad Regional is to lease four ATR 72-500 aircraft, which will see the carrier boost its regional fleet to 12. The lease of the aircraft was arranged by Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), and all four aircraft are scheduled for delivery between April and June 2014. The first will arrive at Geneva International Airport on April 1. The airline currently operates a fleet of eight 50-seat Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft. “Today's announcement marks the beginning of our new fleet expansion programme. It is part of our strategy of matching our growing network and frequency requirements with the right aircraft,” said Maurizio Merlo, CEO of Etihad Regional.