Precision Air Takes Delivery of First ATR 42-600

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 12 November 2012

Tanzanian-based Precision Air Services has taken delivery of the first ATR 42-600 to go into scheduled commercial service.

The aircraft is also airline's first brand new -600 series aircraft out of 5 (4 ATR 42-600s and 1 ATR 72-600) ordered in December 2011.

The introduction of these new series airplanes will increase its ATR fleet to 14 aircraft thus making Precision Air Services the largest ATR operator in Africa.

The aircraft's first commercial flight should take place upon its arrival in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, when the ATR 42-600 takes off for Kilimanjaro.

The second ATR 42-600 will be delivered towards the end of this year with the other deliveries continuing throughout 2013. The handover of the ATR 72-600 is scheduled for 2014.

Alfonse Kioko, Group Managing Director and CEO of Precision Air, said, We are delighted to welcome the new ATR 42-600 to our already existing young fleet in line with our continued mission to develop and provide superior air transport services that will exceed customer expectation. The ATR 42-600 is also suited to our growth ambitions on the African continent. Needless to say, as a Tanzanian regional airline, Precision Air honors Tanzania today in making our country the first and only African country to own this sophisticated very modern navigation model that will optimize time for approach, reduce fuel consumption and promises more comfort for our passengers due to its seats design. By expanding our fleet our customers will enjoy more efficiency and better travel experience from us. We are now giving our customers a greater choice and better service.

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 Kg
Maximum load: 5,500 Kg
Maximum range with full passenger load: 800 nautical miles (1,300 Km)

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 Kg
Maximum load: 7,500 Kg
Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,500 Km)

Precision Air Services was established in 1993 and offers connections to all major towns in Tanzania and, regionally, to Kenya, Uganda, Comoros, Zambia and Congo.

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