Bestfly, an Angolan airline, will take delivery of two ATR 72-600s from lessor Acia Aero to operate corporate and charter services throughout the country. ATR will also provide maintenance and training services to Bestfly.
Burning 40% less fuel than regional jets as well as benefitting from on outstanding dispatch reliability and airport accessibility, the flexibility of the ATR -600 series makes it the perfect aircraft for a range of operations.
Nuno Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of Bestfly, commented: “It is naturally essential that we are able to meet the needs of our customers, who depend upon the flexibility and reliability of our solutions, as we have done since the foundation of BestFly in 2009. We look forward to welcoming them into our fleet in July.”
Mark Hurst, Chief Executive Officer of Acia Aero, said: “It is pleasing to see the introduction of the ATR into Angola. The ATR aircraft platform operating in passenger or freighter configurations, provide a valuable backbone to airlines worldwide, thanks to their economic efficiency, operational flexibility and strong dispatch reliability. We look forward to growing the demand in Angola further together with Bestfly.”
Fabrice Vautier, ATR’s Senior Vice President Commercial, said: “We are grateful for the support and cooperation from both Bestfly and Acia Aero in facilitating this deal. It is always satisfying to welcome a new operator with as high standards as Bestfly and to see our aircraft flying in a new country. Bestfly’s decision makes perfect sense.”
ATR’s Market Forecast sees a demand for 300 new turboprops over the next 20 years for the Africa and Middle-East region. Regional aviation provides essential connectivity around the world. A 10% increase in regional flights generates additional increases of 5% in tourism, 6% in regional GDP and 8% foreign direct investment.