The ATR 72-600 completes its tour of West Africa
ATR embarked on a four-day demonstration tour in West Africa to promote the ATR 72-600 in Mali, Ghana and Burkina Faso. Between December 11 and 14, demonstration flights took off from Bamako, Accra and Ouagadougou to highlight the aircraft’s economic and operational advantages in front of a prestigious gathering of admirers including the transport ministers of the three countries, representatives of the civil aviation authorities and the French and Italian embassies and – of course – a set of potential customers. In Mali, a country with long-standing ties to aviation which currently has no national airline, the development of regional connectivity in remote areas is a national priority. In Burkina Faso, the government is committed to extending and growing the national airline, Air Burkina, which has been operating for 50 years, via the acquisition of new turboprops that are better suited to its plans to develop its domestic and regional operations, replacing its two E-170 aircraft currently in service. Finally, Ghana, which has a population of 27 million, boasts an air transport offer comparatively more developed than that of its neighbours. New airlines are starting to emerge in the country, including Babyjet, which took part in the Accra demo flight and is a keen advocate of the growth of regional networks, offering highly competitive aircraft in a highly competitive environment. To date, around one hundred ATRs fly across the skies of Africa, in a market that is predicted to need almost 300 turboprops over the next 20 years.