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Tanzanias Precision Air Services Orders 5 ATRs

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Tanzanias Precision Air Services and ATR have signed a contract for the purchase of four ATR 42-600s and one ATR 72-600 aircraft.

 The deal is valued at US$ 98 million. Delivery of the 50-seat ATR 42-600s will start in late 2012 while the ATR 72-600 is scheduled for 2014.

With this acquisition, Precision Air Services will bring its fleet of ATRs up to 14 aircraft, thus becoming the largest operator of ATR aircraft in Africa. The current fleet of ATRs of Precision Air Services includes 5 ATR 72-500s, 2 ATR 42-500s and 2 ATR 42-300s.

With the introduction of these 5 brand new ATR -600 series aircraft, the carrier will further develop its regional network, adding new routes and frequencies to its domestic market. This fleet expansion will allow the airline to offer its passengers the advantages and comfort of the new ATR -600 series Armonia cabin.

Commenting on the deal, Michael Shirima, the Board of Directors Chairman of Precision Air Services said, We have been operating ATR aircraft for years, and we are totally convinced of their suitability for our regional routes. The ATRs are perfectly adapted to the hot climate in Africa, and feature optimal performance in smaller airfields and unpaved runways. Also, they provide us the lowest operating costs, thus strongly contributing to the development of regional aviation in our country.

Alfonse Kioko, Group Managing Director and CEO of Precision Air, added, The very low fuel burn and the high dispatch reliability of the ATR aircraft, are helping us to maintain the level of ticket price necessary for the very strong competition in our market.

ATR and Precision Air Services set up in 2006 a joint-partnership for certified aeronautical maintenance training for some selected Tanzanian students. Each student spends three years being trained at the Aeronautical Technical School in Toulouse, France, and then joins Precision Air Services maintenance crew in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. So far, 12 students have already completed their training and joined the airline. Other additional 24 students are currently being trained or programmed in the coming years.

ATR has today 110 aircraft in operation and on order with African and Middle East carriers and is established in 25 countries of the region.

 ATR 42-600

Passenger capacity: 46-50 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,160 horse power per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 18,600 kgs
Maximum load: 5,500 kgs
Maximum range with full passenger load: 801 nautical miles (1,483 kms)

ATR 72-600

Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 kgs
Maximum load: 7,500 kgs
Maximum range with full passenger load: 899 nautical miles (1,665 kms)

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