Air Tanzania expands fleet with Airbus 220-300

19Dec 2018
By Financial Times Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
Financial Times
Air Tanzania expands fleet with Airbus 220-300

Any time from now Airbus will deliver the first A220-300 to Africa. With this delivery, Air Tanzania will become the launch customer of the type in the continent.

Total amount of aircrafts which ATCL will operate when all the new ordered aircrafts are delivered. The fleet include one Bombardier Q-300, the Bombardier Q-400, two Boeing 787-Dreamliners and two A220-300.

Air Tanzania has ordered two Airbus A220-300 in total, each configured to accommodate 127 passengers.

Video clips went viral I social media last week of one of the new ‘birds’ in test flight in a frozen airport in Canada, raising hopes that government’s ATCL revival plan is on the track.

Reports say that first of the two aircrafts flew out of Mirabel International Airport in Canada for its first flight.

The first A220 was expected leave Mirabel airport where the Airbus A220 factory is located and fly to Tanzania on Tuesday December 18, 2018.

ATCL becomes the fifth airline in the world to operate the Airbus A220, after SWISS, AirBaltic, Korean Air and Delta Air Lines.

Air Tanzania is busy with a comprehensive fleet renewal. Earlier this year, the airline received a brand new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which was initially used for short domestic flights only. Plans are underway to deploy it on long distance flights to Asia and Far East.

ATCL expects one more Boeing 787 Dreamliner next year.

To fill the gap in domestic connectivity, Air Tanzania has acquired three Dash 8-400. The state-owned company also has one Q-300.

Air Tanzania uses its turboprops on local routes connecting Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Kigoma, Dodoma, Songea, Mtwara, Mwanza, Bukoba, and Mbeya as well as Moroni International airport in Comoros regionally.

ATCL bolsters its fleet at a time when another local player, Fastjet, has found the going tough and is in the process of closing its wings.

A circular from the company yesterday notified the public that it has cancelled its all flights for December and January, promising to refund all passengers who had bought tickets.