Tan­za­nia Na­tional Car­rier in Re­vival Mode as Bom­bardier Q400 is added to its Fleet

Zambian Business Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TAN­ZA­NIA has re­ceived its third air­craft of the six that Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli ad­min­is­tra­tion plans to ac­quire in or­der to re­vive State-owned Air Tan­za­nia.

Last week Mon­day 02 April, the third air­craft touched ground at the Julius Ny­erere In­ter­na­tional Air­port ( JNIA).

The plane, a Bom­bardier Q-400, touched ground at 5.07 PM on 02 April, with Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli grac­ing the event to re­ceive it.

The gov­ern­ment has pur­chased the plane for $USD32 -mil­lion from Canada's Bom­bardier Aero­space.

Two years ago, Tan­za­nia de­vel­oped a pro­gramme to re­vi­talise its na­tional car­rier — Air Tan­za­nia.

The pro­gramme in­cluded pur­chas­ing six new air­craft be­tween 2016 and 2018, pay­ment of debts and pro­vi­sion of start-up cap­i­tal, im­prove­ment and mod­erni­sa­tion of busi­ness sys­tems.

"We will re­ceive three more air­crafts. This time, jets. We will have a Boe­ing 787-8 Dream­liner and two Bom­bardier C300 se­ries. They will ar­rive be­fore the end of this year,” Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli said.

The pres­i­dent also laid a foun­da­tion stone for in­stal­la­tion of four radar sys­tems in the cap­i­tal Dar – es - Salaam.

The radars are to be in­stalled at the JNIA, Kil­i­man­jaro, Mwanza and Songwe air­ports within 18 months. The project is part of the Tan­za­nia's Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity ( TCAA) strat­egy to im­prove civil avi­a­tion in the county.

"The project will also fa­cil­i­tate search and res­cue op­er­a­tions in case of emer­gency or air ac­ci­dents. This will en­able the coun­try meet the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ICAO)'s stan­dards and guide­lines," TCAA di­rec­tor-gen­eral Hamsa Jo­hari said.

Air Tan­za­nia was es­tab­lished as Air Tan­za­nia Cor­po­ra­tion (ATC) on Septem­ber in 1977 af­ter the col­lapse of the re­gional East African Air­ways.

Since then, the air­line had been op­er­at­ing at a loss and de­pend­ing on gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies. The air­line lost all its re­gional and in­ter­na­tional routes af­ter ground­ing its air­craft which in­cluded Nairobi, Jo­han­nes­burg, Jed­dah, Mi­lan, Frank­furt, London and Mum­bai. Air Tan­za­nia has added third air­craft to its fleet. The Bom­bardier Q400 was added to the Air Tan­za­nia fleet last week.

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