thanks destined to President Dr John Pombe Magufuli for his efforts to revive the national flag carrier.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the company’s acting executive director, Eng Patrick Itule said the new planes would restore the company’s business competitiveness against other airline companies in the country.
The planes which are currently undergoing final touches by Canadian firm Bombardier are expected to be in the country in September, this year.
"As a company we are expecting a smooth run after the planes’ arrival and we will be logged in a competitive business since our long time biggest challenge which was the lack of planes would be solved, '' promised Eng Itule while stressing that the company will not be willing to tolerate employees who fail to conform to the current pace of change.
He further mentioned that the company had already created a task force that will oversee various issues including preparations of human resource in order to conform to the current business requirements.
"We are well prepared in all spheres of operations and services that include; issuing tickets to our customers and all the services we offer. We have invested much in human resource and modern technology in order to attract more customers. This goes along with delivering our services at an affordable cost, '' he added.
Speaking about the planes’ capacity, the company’s business officer, Josephat Kagirwa said they were capable of carrying 76 passengers each, and that their arrival in the country would add the company’s routes of operation, that is from the current two routes to more than ten routes.
“We will have two classes; economy class which will accommodate 70 passengers and business class which will accommodate six passengers per flight. With the arrival of the planes we can also increase domestic flights while we are thinking of crossing our country’s boarders especially when the third plane comes next year as per our President’s promise,” he said.
He mentioned some of the destinations where the company would conduct its regular safaris include Dodoma, Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya, Kigoma, Tabora, Mpanda, Kilimanjaro, Mtwara, Zanzibar, Pemba, Bukoba and the Comoros islands. However, he stressed that the destinations and many more will be established basing on the company’s business feasibility study.
“Our aim is to make sure that we are ready to offer our services outside the country within the shortest time possible so that we can fulfill our responsibility as the national flag-carrier by promoting our national symbol, providing transport services along with supporting the tourism sector in the country by bringing more tourists from different parts of the world,” he said.
However, he mentioned some of the challenges associated with the changes including the shortage of enough trained manpower to cope with the transformation and costly investments in modern technology.