ATR delivers its 200th ATR-600 to Air Algerie, Africa’s largest operator
The delivery marks the start of a new exciting chapter for Air Algerie, as it upgrades its fleet and expands operations. The ATR 72-600, with its unique combination of flexibility on regional routes, safety and unbeatable fuel efficiency, will enable the airline to offer its passengers more destinations and at unique comfort standards.
The first of three ATR 72-600s ordered earlier this year will join an existing fleet of 12 ATR 72-500s currently operating at the airline. The deliveries will continue until June 2016.
“Air Algerie’s fleet growth is consistent with the route expansion. It is part of the commitment to support the country’s rapidly growing air transport whilst keeping in mind the development strategy of the airline,” Mr Boultif, Chief Executive Officer of Air Algerie said. “The ATR 72-500 aircraft has proven to be extremely efficient in service with Air Algerie and is very much liked by our passengers. We look forward to developing our operations across the region, with the new generation ATR 72-600s”.
"This first ATR 72-600 for Air Algerie is the 200th ATR-600 for ATR. This double milestone marks a strong momentum in our relationship with Air Algerie, one of the fast growing airlines in the region,” said Patrick de Castelbajac, ATR Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that the reliable and proven ATR 72-600 combining the lowest operating costs with the highest levels of passenger comfort, will play a major role in Air Algerie’s growth.”
Air Algerie first flied ATRs in 2003 and is today one of the long-term ATR customers in Africa and Middle East. Today, the carrier is the latest operator to join a group of airline in the region to put confidence in the new generation ATR-600 aircraft.
About the ATR 72-600:
- Passenger capacity: 68 to 74 seats
- Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
- Maximum takeoff power: 2,750 horsepower per engine
- Maximum takeoff weight: 23,000 kg
- Maximum load: 7,500 kg
- Maximum flight range when fully loaded: 900 nautical miles (1,665 km)
About Air Algerie:
Air Algerie is the Algerian national airline with 50 years of history. Air Algerie has fleet of 42 aircraft serving five continents, serving more than 40 international and 32 domestic destinations. With its long airline experience resolutely turned towards modernity, Air Algerie enjoys a strong competitive position in the market as a fruit of company’s solid development strategy focused on the satisfaction of its customers. For more information, log on http://www.airalgerie.dz
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company’s employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more 140 new routes every year on average, burn 45% less fuel and emit 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.