KAM Air receives its second ATR 42-500

Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's domestic and regional operator Kam Air has received its second ATR 42-500.

The aircraft, which previously operated for Oman Air, was leased from the Dubai-based lessor Aerotask. The delivery of the aircraft concludes the two-aircraft transaction according to the leasing agreement signed between KAM Air and Aerotask.

The first ATR-42-500 was delivered to the Afghan carrier in November 2018.

KAM Air's fleet now consists of three Airbus A340-300, two Boeing 737 (-300 and -500 variants), one Boeing 767-300ER, one McDonnell Douglas MD-82, two McDonnell Douglas MD-87 and two ATR 42-500.

With these recent turboprop acquisitions, the airline aims to increase its competitiveness in the domestic market.

KAM Air is one of three main Afghan airlines serving in the country suffering from the long-running civil war. The airline flies from Kabul to the major cities of the country where travel by road is often dangerous and unreliable due to inadequate infrastructure.

The privately-owned carrier also flies some international routes in the region.

Last year in January, nine employees of the airline were killed in a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel. Seven of them were Ukrainian nationalities and the other two were from Venezuela.

After the terrorist attack, most of the foreign employees, including pilots left the country and the airline had to cancel hundreds of flights due to lack of staff.