Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Dar orders five planes to bolster Air Tanzania

Tanzania has made a down payment of Tsh 596.3 billion (US $ 258.7 million) to purchase five aircraft for its troubled national airline, Air Tanzania.

The order includes cargo planes , all of which are expected to be delivered before the end of 2023.

Aviation industry sources told The EastAfrican that the funds have been approved by the current government despite the airline being under one of. former President John Magufuli and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The aircraft will increase Air Tanzania’s current fleet size to 16 upon arrival in the country.

< In addition to two new Airbus A220-300s received earlier this month, the airline's stall includes two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, two more Airbus A220-300s and five Bombardier Q-400 / Dash 8-400s.

< Zanzibar President Hussein Mwinyi announced plans to purchase the additional five aircraft while receiving the latest airbuses called "Zansibar" and "Tanzanite". On behalf of President Samia Suluhu on October 8th at Zanzibar's Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.

He said the process was “under way” but did not provide details.

The The announcement coincides with a commitment by the government of President Suluhu to advance its predecessor’s plans to modernize the airline and strengthen Tanzania’s aviation industry through new investments.

At the same time, Air Tanzania announced the launch of four new regional routes Dar es Salaam to Bujumbura, Ndola, Lubumbashi and Nairobi next month.

Dar-Bujumbura flights are scheduled to start on November 8, while the Dar-Ndola and Dar-Lubumbashi routes are scheduled to start on November 18 Dar-Nairobi on November 26th

The airline currently offers regional flights to Entebbe, Harare, Lusaka and Hahaya as well as weekly cargo flights to Guangzhou, China.

It has the Dar. Mumbai route suspended in May due to concerns about an increase in cases of the third strain of Covid-19 in India, but resumed in late August.

Flights to Johannesburg were also suspended due to travel restrictions by Covid -19 deleted.

According to the airline’s spokesman Josephat Kagirwa, domestic flight frequencies will also be expanded to high-traffic destinations such as Dodoma, Kilimanjaro and Mwanza, while flights to Mtwara in southern Tanzania will follow a “temporary” interruption to allow improvements to airport facilities.

Despite massive spending of nearly $ 600 million on new aircraft, the revival of Air Tanzania has continued to stall, a situation caused by the coronavirus Pandemic is exacerbated.