Tunisair Express has taken delivery of the first of three new ATR 72-600 turboprop airliners from ATR.
The order was originally announced in September and the first delivery announced on 19 November.
Tunisair Express Director General, Yosr Chouari, said: “We are looking forward to introducing this new ATR aircraft with the latest comfort and technology to our passengers, with this first delivery marking an important step in our fleet renewal. Regional aviation provides essential connectivity for Tunisia and the unbeatable economics of the ATR 72-600, together with the best cabin, make it perfect for both our domestic and international operations.”
ATR Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Bortoli, commented: “As the leading regional aviation manufacturer, we understand how tough it can be for regional airlines. That is why we do everything that we can to support our clients and operators, ensuring that each innovation we introduce adds value in either the cockpit or the cabin and their bottom line. It is a clear recognition that when an airline wants to put its passengers first, the ATR is selected as the best aircraft for the job.”
Tunisair Express has equipped its aircraft with 18 inch wide seats and gone for the Cabinstream In-Flight Experience, allowing passengers to access a variety of content on their personal electronic devices.
Tunisair Express transports over 300 000 passengers every year across its network. The renewal of its fleet will allow Tunisair Express to both reinforce its domestic and neighbouring services from Tunis, as well as open new routes, ATR said.
ATR added that its Market Forecast sees a demand for 350 new turboprops over the next 20 years for the Africa and Middle-East region.