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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Precision Air has new CEO

15th February 2013
Sauda Said Rajab, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Precision Air (PW) has announced its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sauda Said Rajab, who is to join the Airline later next month.

The information availed to this paper state that Rajab will be joining the company from Kenya Airways where she has served in different capacities for the last 23 years and the most recent being the General Manager Cargo.

Rajab has had a tremendous experience in both Sales and Operations in the airline industry; she will become the first female CEO in Tanzania’s Airline Industry. 

Precision Air Chairman Michael Shirima said: “Rajab is a seasoned airline executive with a proven track record of performance and integrity, she will bring in a new vision and management style to grow the airline amid competition to much greater heights. She has the potential to build on a strong foundation that Mr Kioko’s team has established.”

The new CEO will be taking over from Alphonce Kioko who is retiring voluntarily. Kioko leaves after 10 years at the helm of the Airline in which he steered Precision Air to almost incredible growth and achievements. 

“When he joined in 2003 the fleet consisted of two old ATR 42’s and a few small aircrafts but now the airline has 9 new ATR aircrafts (1ATR 42-300, 7ATRs 42-500, 2ATRs 42-600) and 2 Boeings 737-300 bring a total fleet currently to12 which has given leverage to Precision Air being the only Airline in Tanzania to operate at the most frequencies and routes regionally,” said Shirima.

Passengers’ number grew from 200,000 in 2004 to about a million as expected this year through the double digit annual percentage growth and revenue growth of 20/- bn in 2004 to now 163/-bn in 2011/12. 

Speaking to journalists, Kioko said: “The success of Precision Air has not been a personal effort but that of the Precision Air customers and staff whom have been resourceful and supportive…I hope they will extend the same to Sauda.” 

For her part Rajab said she is excited to be joining a successful homegrown Airline such as PW and is ready to steer forward the way to keep the legacy that her predecessors have laid for her. “I am excited for this opportunity; I look forward to good times in this Airline,” she said.



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