Air Algerie buys four ATR 72 in $82M deal


Algerian national airline Air Algerie has inked an $82 million deal with ATR for the acquisition of four ATR 72-500 airliners with delivery scheduled for next year.

The contract was signed in Algiers this week in the presence of Algerian Minister of Transport Amar Tou.

These 66-seat aircraft will be equipped with Pratt & Whitney 127M engines as well as the latest technological innovations in navigational aids and communication instruments.

Air Algerie already operates eight ATR 72-500 regional turboprops.

The contract also includes a new flight simulator for Air Algerie’s new flight training centre.

ATR will assist the airline with the installation, start-up and operation of the simulator.

Air Algerie President and MD Abdelwahid Bouabdallah says the airline has been operating ATR s since 2003 “and is satisfied”.

He says the four additional ATRs will “reinforce the uniformity of our fleet dedicated to the domestic network.”

In addition, he added, the aircraft will “consolidate our position amongst the most modern airlines on the continent, with one of the youngest fleets. The ATRs allow us to open up regions not able to receive our other types of aircraft. We are therefore doubly satisfied to be able to provide high-quality public service and coverage over all the national territory”.

Abdelwahid Bouabdallah also underlined “the high quality of assistance offered by ATR, which will allow us an optimal commissioning and use of our new training facilities”.

ATR is a joint venture between European defence and aerospace giant EADS and Italy’s Alenia Aeronautical.