Accra - ATR completed a four-day demonstration tour in West Africa to promote its 72-600 in Mali, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.
Between 11 and 14 December 2017, an ATR 72-600 in the colors of Air Senegal conducted demonstration flights at the airports of Bamako, Accra, and Ouagadougou to highlight the economic and operational benefits of the aircraft.
The demonstration tour has been conducted in front of a prestigious gathering of admirers including the transport ministers of the three countries, the aeronautical authorities and the Italian embassies and - of course - a set of potential customers.
Mali, a country that has a long-standing relationship with aviation and currently has no domestic airlines. ATR emphasizes that developing regional connectivity in remote areas is a national priority in the country.
Burkina Faso, the government is committed to expanding and developing the national airline, Air Burkina, which has been operating for 50 years. Through the acquisition of new turboprops, the company better suited to its domestic and regional development projects.
Finally, Ghana, which has 27 million inhabitants, enjoys a relatively more developed air transport industry than its neighbors. New airlines are starting to emerge in the country, including Babyjet.
In the growth of regional networks of the old continent, ATR 72-600 outshines as a highly competitive aircraft in a highly competitive environment.
To date, roughly more than hundred ATRs fly over the skies of Africa, a market where nearly 300 more turboprops needed over the next 20 years, according to the European aircraft manufacturer. The promotional campaign allowed the manufacturer to highlight the features of the 72-600, which make it the most suitable aircraft for the development of regional connectivity in Africa, especially between capitals and the other cities.
The ATR -600 series stands out for its economic performance. The operating cost is much lower than its main competitor, Bombardier Q400, resulting in savings of approximately $ 1 million per aircraft per year. The ATR 72-600 also offers the lowest fuel consumption in its class, 40% lower than Q400. The aircraft is also known for its modern and comfortable cabin interior, as well as its operational flexibility, which allows it to operate on unpaved runways and in airports with limited infrastructure.
According to ATR CEO Christian Scherer, thanks to its fuel efficiency, low maintenance, and operating costs, the ATR 72-600 perfectly meets the needs of airlines operating short-haul flights in Africa. The ATRs create about a hundred new routes every year in the world, Christian Scherer said.
ATR estimates that over the next 20 years, 300 turboprops should be needed to cover fleet growth, new route creation and fleet replacement in Africa.