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Air Algérie takes early delivery of first of new ATR-72s to boost fleet options

Posted 15 February 2010 · Add Comment

The national airline Air Algérie has taken delivery of the first ATR 72-500 of the four ordered in 2009. This aircraft was delivered during a ceremony organised in Toulouse.


Pictured: At the delivery ceremony, from left to right: Mr. Abdelwahid Bouabdallah, President and Managing Director of Air Algérie, and Stéphane Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of ATR

Air Algérie, which already operated eight ATR 72-500s, will increase the size of its fleet to 12 with the delivery, during 2010, of the remaining 3 aircraft on order. Consequently, Air Algérie will become the largest ATR operator on the African continent.

These four new aircraft, all configured in the 66 seat version, will enable the national airline Air Algérie to propose an optimized service to its passengers, by offering more frequent flights and by opening new routes, in particular to certain regions in the south of the country and to countries in the Mediterranean basin.

ATR will also provide its assistance to Air Algérie for the installation, commissioning and operation of a new flight simulator, which is part of the plans of the airline to open a training centre for its pilots in Algeria.

Abdelwahid Bouabdallah, President and Managing Director of Air Algérie, declared: "Numerous years of operation have revealed that the ATR 72-500 is well adapted to the specific features of our domestic network, comprising operations at high temperature. With this addition of four aircraft to our fleet, we will improve and diversify our offer to passengers, within the framework of our public service mission, while maintaining the lowest operating costs.

"For Air Algérie, the ATRs are at the base of our development policy, which targets at densifying the domestic network, while opening new routes to zones still isolated. We are also very happy to be able to count on ATR's knowhow and skills in the support field. This new acquisition is witness to a partnership established over time and which is based on mutual interest".

Stéphane Mayer, ATR’s chief executive said: "Air Algérie is a model of network development to remote regions, providing high-quality public service and proposing to its passengers aircraft incorporating leading edge technology and the highest level of comfort. We are proud to have Air Algérie as one of our customer airlines and to see that this year they will become the largest operator of our aircraft in Africa",

"The Maghreb contributed significantly to the orders received by ATR last year, which proves that it is a dynamic region with great perspectives in regional transportation development. The airlines that have granted or renewed their confidence in us can count on our support to ensure optimal introduction and commissioning of their new aircraft. Our support for the installation of a new flight simulator in Algeria is precisely part of this accompanying process of our customers in the development of their operations".



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