ATCL orders four new Boeing planes

17Nov 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
ATCL orders four new Boeing planes
  • *Wants two Max jets, 767 freighter, 787 Dreamliner

AIR Tanzania has placed an order for an additional Boeing 787-8, a pair of 737 Max aircraft and a 767-300 freighter.

The order, disclosed by the US manufacturer at the Dubai air show yesterday, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website.

Cirium Fleets, an airspace business data agency, acknowledged in a posting that Air Tanzania operates a pair of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-powered 787s, together with four Airbus A220s, and five De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s.

In a statement, Air Tanzania Chief Executive Officer Ladislaus Matindi said the firm’s flagship 787 Dreamliner is popular with passengers, providing unrivalled flight comfort and utmost efficiency for   long-haul growth.

”Adding to our 787 fleet, the introduction of the 737 Max and 767 Freighter will give Air Tanzania exceptional capability and flexibility to meet passenger and cargo demand within Africa and beyond,” he stated.

ATCL will expand its current fleet of 787s, leveraging the new 737s for its regional network and the 767 Freighter to capitalize on Africa’s burgeoning cargo demand, officials noted.

Ihssane Mounir, Boeing senior vice president for commercial sales and marketing, said that Africa is the third fastest-growing region worldwide for air travel, and Air Tanzania is well-positioned to increase connectivity and expand tourism throughout Tanzania.

 “We are honored that Air Tanzania has chosen Boeing for its fleet modernization program by adding an additional787and introducing the 737 MAX and the 767 Freighter into its expanding network.”

Boeing’s 2021 commercial market outlook forecasts that by 2040 Africa’s airlines will require 1,030 new airplanes valued at $160bn and aftermarket services such as manufacturing and repair worth $235 billion. This will support growth in air travel and economies across the continent, the Boeing executive intoned.

Boeing’s heritage in Africa began more than 75 years ago, with more than 60 airline customers operating as many as 500 Boeing airplanes. Boeing has an office in Johannesburg, the South African business capital, in addition to field service representatives supporting commercial customers across the continent, he added.