Sabir Ilyasov, the Deputy General Director of Azerbaijan State Air Company AZAL, informed Trend that AZAL has sent an order for of 2 ATR вЂ" 42-500S and 4 ATR вЂ" 72-500S to French aircraft building enterprises ATR.
The total cost of the contract will be $97.2mln.
The aircraft will be delivered at the beginning of August 2007. This year Azerbaijan will receive 2 French airliners and 4 in 2008, Mr. Ilyasov stressed.
Officials of the French company said that the purchase of the 6 new aircraft will enable Azerbaijan to upgrade its air park by replacing the models Antonov and Tupolev and open up new regional flights.
Meanwhile, ATR Executive Director, Philippo Bagnato, announced that the company's turnover in 2006 was $700mln, an increase of 30% on 2005.