Tanzania plans to double aircraft fleet


Tanzania’s state carrier plans to double its fleet to 14 aircraft by 2022 and is exploring new routes and code-sharing agreements with other airlines, a senior government official said.

The plans were announced by Tanzanian transport ministry permanent secretary Leonard Chamuriho at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam marking delivery of the airline’s second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

The arrival brought the number of new aircraft purchased by government to seven.

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

“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.

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

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