Posted on: 06 January 2014 by Mark Howells
Air Algerie has signed a purchase agreement for three new ATR 72-600s, with deliveries expected to begin towards the end of 2014 and continue through 2015.
When delivered, the 68-seat newcomers will join an existing ATR fleet which currently includes 12 ATR 72-500s flying primarily on domestic and short regional routes. The new order will take Air Algerie's ATR fleet to 15 ATR 72s consolidating its position of the largest ATR operator on the African continent.
The arrival of the new aircraft is part of the airline's fleet renewal initiatives providing the extra capacity to its existing regional and international air network on the way to a major expansion.
Mohamed Salah Boultif, chief executive officer of Air Algerie, commented, “We plan to operate the ATR 72-600 to its maximum potential – an aircraft that offers a high level of operational efficiency and product competitiveness, while allowing Air Algerie to develop new business opportunities. In addition to improving profitability with advanced aircraft, we always aim to deliver unparalleled services to customers with the latest cabin and steady expansion of our route network.”