Tanzania to buy new aircraft for national airline


The Tanzania Government Flight Agency (TGFA) on Saturday signed a purchase contract for a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 for the east African nation’s state-run Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL).

The deal was signed in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam between TGFA Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Ndimila and Sameer Adam, Regional Vice-President of Sales for De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

Ndimila said the new aircraft will be delivered to Tanzania between June and July, 2020. However, he did not mention the cost of the aircraft.

On Oct. 14, Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced delivery of the second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner within weeks as part of plans to revive ATCL’s fleet.

The 262-seater Dreamliner is expected to arrive early November or towards the end of this October,” he told a public tally in the southern Tanzanian town of Lindi to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of founding President Julius Nyerere.

The delivery will bring to eight the number of new aircraft delivered to Tanzania since Magufuli took office in November 2015 and began reviving the loss-making ATCL.

Magufuli has personally taken charge of the revival of the state carrier, with his government spending hundreds of millions of dollars purchasing new planes.

President Magufuli said his government intended to buy a total of 11 new aircraft for the airline.

The East African nation last month signed a contract with Airbus for the European plane maker to supply two A220-300 aircraft.

Magufuli’s government hopes that a more efficient national airline will help boost tourism, the main foreign exchange earner in Tanzania’s economy.

Air Tanzania’s existing fleet includes one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, two Airbus A220-300 jets and three DHC Dash 8-400 aircraft, formerly known as the Bombardier Q400 turboprop. Enditem


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