Air Botswana has taken delivery of its first ATR
The aircraft, delivered in Toulouse, is the
first of a contract signed in July 2018 for two ATR 72-600s. The
second is planned for delivery before the end of the year.
The ATR 72-600s will upgrade Air Botswana’s
current fleet of three ATR 42-500s and one ATR 72-500s.
brand-new aircraft is configured with a 70-seat, dual class cabin
and equipped with the latest avionics.
Agnes Tsholofelo Khunwana, CEO of Air
Botswana, said, “We have been using ATRs for over 20 years and are
very satisfied with their operating results. The latest generation
of ATRs will allow us to provide the highest standards of comfort,
reliability and eco-efficiency to our customers. The ATR 72-600s
have also remarkable performance in terms of fuel consumption and
lower CO2 emissions which is an important added-value.”
The ATR 72-600s for Air Botswana
are equipped with the PW127N engine which features the
super-boost option that provides the benefit of allowing a
four-passenger payload from hot and high airfields such as
Johannesburg, Gaborone and Maun.
Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR, said, “Air Botswana is a
long-standing ATR operator for over 20 years. Upgrading their
fleet with 72-600s is a sign of confidence and we are very proud
of that. With over 120 ATR aircraft flying in Africa, ATRs are the
right aircraft for regional aviation in Africa, now and in the
future, thanks to their unbeatable economics, eco-efficiency and
comfort. ATR aims to play a major role in supporting local
economies and social development for communities in Africa.”
ATR has forecast a demand of 300 new turboprops
over the next 20 years for the Africa and Middle-East region.