Luxemburg -- The European Investment Bank said Friday it would loan SATA Air Acores airline $53 million to upgrade its fleet with four turboprop aircraft.
The airline, which serves the Azores, Madeira and Canary islands, as well as the European continent, the United States and Canada, is often the more attractive method of travel within, to and from the islands, given long distances and rough waters.
The new aircraft will be based at Ponta Delgada, Azores.
"We're delighted by the EIB's decision to grant SATA Air Acores a loan on favorable terms," SATA Group Chairman Antonio Menezes said in a statement.
The bank's Vice President Carlos Da Silva Costa said airline was "essential" to the islands' "social cohesion at a regional level."