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Monday, January 6, 2014

Air Algerie Expands Fleet With ATR, Boeing Planes

Algerian national carrier Air Algerie committed to an $800 million fleet investment on Monday, Jan. 6, purchasing three ATR 72-600 regional turboprop aircraft and eight Boeing Next Generation 737-800s. 

According to ATR, the airline's order will make it the largest ATR operator in Africa, bringing its domestic and short haul fleet to a total of 15 ATR 72 family aircraft. Salah Boultif, CEO of Air Algerie, said the ATR purchase will allow his airline to develop "new business opportunities and improve profitability by reducing fuel burn on some of their regional routes. The 72-600s will be introduced into the airline's fleet beginning later this year.

The chief executive also called the 737-800 the "backbone of Air Algerie's fleet."

Boeing will equip the North African carrier's 737s with the Boeing Sky Interior, which is its 787 Dreamliner-inspired cabin.

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