Emboldened AirTanzania is now planning to double its fast growing fleet and purchase 7 more planes before end of 2020

Jubilant Air Tanzania flight crew jump in joy at the delivery of  the second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. (Twitter)
  • The East African nation is also exploring new routes and code-sharing agreements with other airlines.
  • Between 2016 and 2018 the country purchased six new aircraft as it moves to assert its dominance across the African skies.
  • The government hopes that a more efficient national airline will help boost tourism, the main foreign exchange earner in the East African nation’s economy.

On Saturday, Tanzanian transport ministry permanent secretary Leonard Chamuriho disclosed the plans at a ceremony in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam marking the delivery of the airline’s second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

“We aim to introduce flights to Guangzhou, China, by the end of this year as well as new routes to Nairobi, Lubumbashi and Kinshasa by June next year,” he said.

Air Tanzania currently holds just over 70% of the country’s domestic air travel market, Chamuriho said.

Since it was revived two years ago, Air Tanzania is fast learning the ropes of staying a float amid turbulence. High cost of fuel and stiff competition continues to pose a challenge to the airline.

Between 2016 and 2018 the country purchased six new aircraft and by the looks of things its on its way to assert its dominance across the African skies.

Air Tanzania currently has seven fleet of aeroplanes including two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, two Airbus A220-300 jets and three DHC Dash 8-400 aircraft, formerly known as the Bombardier Q400 turboprop. 

The government hopes that a more efficient national airline will help boost tourism, the main foreign exchange earner in the East African nation’s economy.

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