Gaborone - Botswana's flag carrier Air Botswana has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 aircraft.

On November 2nd, Air Botswana took delivery of its first of two ATR 72-600 ordered in July this year. The aircraft is set to accommodate 70 passengers in two classes.

The second turboprop of the company expected before the end of the year. These two aircraft will help modernize the current fleet of three 42-500 with 47 seats and one ATR 72-500 with 68 seats.

Air Botswana's 72-600s are equipped with the Pratt & Whitney's PW127N engine with the super-boost option, which allows for higher than normal takeoff weights from airports at high-elevation and hot environments such as Johannesburg, Gaborone, and Maun.

Air Botswana's technical staff does full maintenance not only on the company's fleet but also on the aircraft of other African carriers.

It has been over 20 years that we operate ATR and we are very satisfied with their business outcomes. The latest generation of ATR will enable us to offer our customers the highest levels of comfort. The ATR 72-600s also offer outstanding performance in terms of fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions, which is an important added value,
said Agnes Tsholofelo Khunwanam, Executive Chairman of Air Botswana, during the delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France

Stefano Bortoli, Executive Chairman of ATR, recalls that with more than 120 aircraft flying in Africa, ATR offers the most suitable aircraft for aviation in the region. Their value for money, their eco-efficiency and their comfort, unbeatable on all points and make them the planes of the present and the future, says Bortoli.

The aircraft manufacturer expects demand for 300 new turboprops in the next 20 years for Africa and Middle East region.