Air TZ to acquire CS300 from Bombardier as RwandAir’s largest airbus

03Dec 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Air TZ to acquire CS300 from Bombardier as RwandAir’s largest airbus

Bombardier CSeries will sell both the Government of Tanzania, which represents its first order in seven months for its new commercial aircraft.

In total, the transaction includes two CS300 and a Q400 aircraft. According to list prices, the order is valued at $203 million.The aircraft will be operated by Air Tanzania, the national airline of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The last order of CSeries was in April, when the US carrier Delta Air Lines has confirmed the purchase of 75 CS100 aircraft, a firm order valued according to catalog prices, is estimated at $ 5.6 billion.

Monday, Bombardier had delivered its first CS300 – the largest device family CSeries aircraft – the Latvian carrier airBaltic, its launch customer.

This aircraft, which can carry up to 160 passengers, must make its first commercial link between Riga and Amsterdam on 14 December.

Overall, airBaltic ordered 20 Bombardier CS300 devices.So far, the aircraft manufacturer and rolling stock received 360 firm orders for its new aircraft, including 235 for the CS300.

President John Magufuli affirmed in Dar es Salaam recently that already the government has allocated adequate money to buy a 160-seater aircraft and another plane with capacity to carry over 240 passengers.

"If we purchase the aircraft that carries 240 passengers, customers will be assured of direct flights from Dar es Salaam to China or US and our tourists from China, US, Russia, Germany and other countries will comfortably arrive in our country," he said.

The President revealed this two months ago at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) during the official launch of the two new aircrafts from Canada. The government procured the two brand new Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircrafts from Canada at a cost of 46.6 million US dollars (over 90bn/-).

The planes are expected to boost ATCL's performance in the domestic and international flights.

Elsewhere, in Kigali Rwanda, At exactly 5:20pm local time on Thursday, the largest aircraft in RwandAir’s fleet ‘Umurage’ A330-300 series touched down at Kigali International Airport in spectacular fashion with a water salute and excitement from spectators.

The brand new aircraft comes in as number 11 in the national carrier’s fleet that has been growing in the past 5 years.

It is expected to boost RwandAir’s capacity to expand its wings and compete globally, James Musoni, the Minister for Infrastructure said, while receiving the aircraft.

“The new aircraft is a manifestation of the good and visionary leadership of President Paul Kagame and RwandAir’s commitment to continue growing,” Musoni said, adding that Government will continue supporting the national carrier because of the economies of scale that come with a strong aviation industry.

The Airbus 330-300 is RwandAir’s third acquisition in less than three months. Traditional dancers perform in the ceremony to welcome Umurage Airbus following Ubumwe that reached in Rwanda in September.

John Mirenge, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, said the 274-seater, wide-bodied aircraft is the first of its kind in East Africa, adding that the plane enhances the capacity of Africa’s fastest growing airline to expand its footprint across the globe.

“It is yet another milestone that will strengthen our capacity to spread our wings across Africa and beyond,” he said, adding that the airline is currently positioning itself to be the ‘most efficient and reliable’ airline in the region.

The new aircraft comes with a cargo capacity of more than 134 metric tonnes, which according to Mirenge, will help boost the export industry.

Our exporters can now be assured of transport to any of our destinations, he noted.
The new airline is cost-effective, highly efficient, offering flexibility and optimised performance, making it a perfect choice for travellers.

It also offers more personal space and modern long-haul comfort and is fitted with 18-inch wide seats in the economy class, and the latest in-flight entertainment, including video-on-demand, and mobile phone and email connectivity via satellite. The aircraft remains the preferred choice for over 100 airlines worldwide.

RwandAir obtained its ISAGO IATA safety audit for ground operations certification last month. It is also IOSA certified, confirming that its operational management and control systems meet international civil aviation safety and other standards.

The airline flies to 19 destinations – Cotonou, Abidjan, Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Lusaka, Juba, Douala, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Cotonou, Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville. It is set to open routes to Harare in Zimbabwe, and Mumbai, India soon.

RwandAir projects to ferry more than three million passengers annually in the next five years, from 500,000 travellers presently.

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