Air Algerie, today signed a purchase agreement for 3 new ATR 72-600 aircraft, the contract value is $74.1 million at current list price, the scheduled delivery starting end 2014 through 2015. 

The 68 seat aircraft will join the current airline ATR fleet that include 12 ATR 72-500s flying on domestic and short regional routes. The new order will take Air Algerie's ATR fleet to 15 ATR 72s making it largest ATR operator on the African continent.

The contract was confirmed at a ceremony in Algiers by Mohamed Salah Boultif, chief executive officer of Air Algerie with the attendance by Dr. Amar Ghoul, Algeria's minister of transport and other government officials. 

Boultif said: “We plan to operate the ATR 72-600 to its maximum potential – an aircraft that offers high level of operational efficiency and product competitiveness, while allowing Air Algerie to develop new business opportunities. In addition to improving profitability with advanced aircraft, we always aim to deliver unparalleled services to customers with the latest cabin and steady expansion of our route network.”  

"Air Algerie is well known as one of the most reliable airlines in the region providing its passengers with an excellent flight experience.” said Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR. "We are honored to see a leading North African airline start a new chapter with our latest series airplanes. These aircraft offer high economic efficiency, optimum performance and exceptional passenger comfort. This highlights a long-lasting and flourishing partnership between Air Algerie and ATR.” 

ATR's -600 has a  backlog with more than 200 aircraft with some 35 operators around the world.