Algerian national carrier Air Algérie has ordered six ATR 72-500s to develop its short-haul international and regional market. These aircraft will replace Air Algerie's fleet of Fokker 27s and will be delivered over the next three months.

Air Algerie is a state-owned company which operates a fleet of 52 aircraft on 32 international and domestic routes. Chairman Mohamed Tayeb Benouis, speaking just before Dubai 2003, said: "ATR is a key player on the regional air transport market and we consider the ATR 72-500s particularly well adapted to our regional market."

ATR chief executive officer Jean-Michel Léonard says: "The high quality standard, reliability and low operating costs of our aircraft have made the difference.

Source: Flight Daily News