Praia, Cape Verde, 2 May – The new turbo-propeller ATR aircraft acquired by Cape Verde Airlines to provide links between the archipelago’s islands and sub-regional flights to Dakar and Bissau, is expected to take its maiden commercial flight on May 10, Cape Verdean newspaper A Semana reported Friday.
The new 68-seater ATR aircraft, built by the company of the same name, which is a joint venture between the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), and Alenia Aeronautica, arrived Saturday at Praia International Airport.
With the arrival of the aircraft, Cape Verde Airlines now has three ATRs, the previous two of which have a capacity for just 42 passengers.
The acquisition of this ATR provides Cape Verde Airlines with greater capacity as its inter-island flights are always fully-booked, particularly between Sal and Sao Vicente.
The new ATR is one of a set of three airplanes bought by the company in 2006, with the remaining two, an ATR72 and an ATR42, due to be delivered in June and October. (macauhub)