Royal Air Maroc, based in Morocco, has ordered an additional ATR 72-600 for its fleet, bringing its total number of the aircraft type up to six.

The turboprop will be delivered before the end of the year configured in a dual-class configuration in line with the airline’s current ATR fleet.

Abdelhamid Addou, chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc, said as it is already using five ATRs, the new addition will be smooth. He added: “The aircraft is operationally proven in Morocco and offers our passengers a comfortable cabin. It is a good aircraft to complement our single-aisle fleet, and it will enable us to adapt even better our domestic and regional market capacity, offering more flight options to our passengers.”

Royal Air Maroc was the launch customer for the ATR-600 series and took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 in 2011.

Stefano Bortoli, ATR’s chief executive officer, said: “Seeing the launch customer of the ATR-600 series place a repeat order is a real source of pride for us, as it validates the enduring quality of our product and proves that it is the ideal solution to the challenges of regional connectivity in Africa.”

ATR suggest Africa and the Middle East will require 350 turboprops in the next 20 years to serve 300 new routes developing regional aviation.

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