Tanzania's Precision Air has signed a contract for the purchase of four ATR 42-600s and one ATR 72-600.

Delivery of the 50-seat ATR 42-600s will start in late 2012, while the ATR 72-600 will be delivered in 2014, ATR said in a statement. The aircraft will feature the new Armonia cabin.

The deal is valued at $98 million, ATR added.

With this acquisition, Precision Air will become the largest operator of ATR turboprops in Africa, with 14 ATR aircraft in its fleet.

The airline hopes to use the new aircraft to bolster its regional services and add new routes and frequencies to its domestic market.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news