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Air Botswana receives its first ATR 72-500

20th March 2009 - 09:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Air Botswana has taken delivery of the first of two new ATR 72-500s it ordered last year. The 68-seat aircraft, equipped with the “Elegance Cabin” and inflight entertainment, will add to the capacity provided by its current fleet of three ATR 42-500s.

The airline says it will fly its new turboprops on routes previously operated by regional jets that became unprofitable with those types.

“The introduction of these new ATR 72-500 aircraft responds to our need to increase our route coverage and to provide more frequencies to our passengers,” remarked L.M. Bantsi, acting general manager of Air Botswana (pictured receiving the keys to the aircraft from ATR CEO Stephane Mayer). “The ATR ‘-500 series’, with their ability to operate in hot and high environments are optimally adapted to our needs. The relationship between Air Botswana and ATR has existed for the past 20 years, and is now further enhanced by the acquisition of the ATR 72-500 delivered here and in May 2009.”

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