Air Algerie has agreed to buy three new ATR 72-600 turboprops and has committed to eight Boeing 737-800 jetliners ad it renews and expands its fleet.
The Algerian carrier signed the agreement with ATR on January 6, which is worth $74.1 million at list prices. The turboprops will be delivered from the end of this year through 2015, ATR said.
When delivered, the 68 seat new-comers will join an existing ATR fleet at the airline that 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.
The contract was firmed up at a special ceremony in Algiers by Mohamed Salah Boultif, Chief Executive Officer of Air Algerie, and witnessed by Dr Amar Ghoul, Algeria’s Minister of Transport and other government officials.
Also on January 6, Boeing and Air Algerie announced a commitment for eight Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. When finalized, the order will be worth $724 million at list prices.
“The 737-800 continues to be the backbone of Air Algerie’s fleet. So far, we are pleased with these aircraft, and anticipate receiving all eight of these new units before the end of 2016,” said Boultif.
Based in Algeria’s capital city Algiers, at Houari Boumedienne International Airport, Air Algerie is Algeria’s national airline and currently serves more than 40 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. The carrier currently operates a fleet of 42 aircraft, including 17 Next-Generation 737-800s and five 737-600s.