Toulouse, France - Tunisair Express has placed a firm order for three ATR 72-600 directly from the Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer.
The new turboprops are intended to renew the airline's regional fleet and launch new domestic and regional routes. The ATR 72-600s will replace the two older ATR 72-500 and one Bombardier CRJ900.
ATR's turboprops consume 40% less fuel and leave 40% less Carbon footprint compared to a regional jet.
Toulouse, Blagnac-based manufacturer predicts market demand for 350 new turboprops for the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) region over the next 20 years.
The improvement of regional aviation in the world increases tourism by 5%, GDP by 6%, and foreign direct investment by 8%.
Thanks to their ability to land and take off from shorter runways, turboprops are key in connecting rural cities to the major airports of the countries. 36 percent of all commercial airports around the world rely exclusively on turboprops.