Air Algerie has taken quick delivery of the first ATR 72-500 in a batch of four ordered last year.

ATR disclosed the agreement only in December, but the first 66-seat turboprop has been handed over today at an event in Toulouse.

Air Algerie already operates eight of the type. The other three on order, which will take the fleet to 12, will be introduced this year.

The carrier is to install a new flight simulator and ATR is to lend assistance to the project.

Air Algerie president Abdelwahid Bouabdallah says the aircraft will enable it to add density to its domestic network and open routes to "still isolated" areas.

Air Algerie ATR 72

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Source: Air Transport Intelligence news