The market-leading ATR 72-600 will add Angola to its list of countries served from the start of July it was announced at PAS19. Private company Bestfly will take delivery of two ATR 72-600s from lessor Acia Aero to operate corporate and charter services throughout the country. ATR will also provide maintenance and training services to Bestfly. The flexibility of the ATR -600 series makes it the perfect aircraft for a range of operations.
Nuno Pereira, CEO of Bestfly, commented: “It is naturally essential that we are able to meet the needs of our customers, who depend upon the flexibility and reliability of our solutions, as we have done since the foundation of BestFly in 2009. The ATR 72-600 is an aircraft that has assured regional connectivity all over the world thanks to its unbeatable operational costs and its dispatch reliability of 99.7%, making it the ideal aircraft for our corporate customers and marks a significant milestone in the BestFly life evolving from a purely business aircraft operator to a commuter aircraft operator always looking to find solutions that best suit our corporate clients needs through strategic relationships as the one with ACIA and ATR. We look forward to welcoming them into our fleet in July.”
Mark Hurst, CEO of Acia Aero, said: “It is pleasing to see the introduction of the ATR into Angola and we are grateful for the cooperation between the three companies to achieve this. The ATR aircraft platform operating in passenger or freighter configurations, provide a valuable backbone to airlines worldwide, thanks to their economic efficiency, operational flexibility and strong dispatch reliability. They are perfectly adapted to the business and charter travel. We look forward to growing the demand in Angola further together with Bestfly.”
ATR’s Market Forecast sees a demand for 300 new turboprops over the next 20 years for the Africa and Middle-East region.