Cape Town – The Tanzanian government has reportedly ordered three passenger and one freight aircraft, in a move that is set to boost its national carrier’s capability in Africa and abroad.
The announcement was made on Tuesday at the 2021 Dubai Airshow by US aerospace giant Boeing.
The airplanes, valued at over $726 million at list prices comprise one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner widebody airliner, one 767-300 Freighter and two 737 MAX single-aisle airliners, according to Engineering News.
Air Tanzania will operate the planes, the report said, adding that it already operates two Boeing 787-8s, while the rest of its current fleet is composed of four Airbus A220-300s and five De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s.
“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,” the report quoted Boeing senior VP of commercial sales & marketing Ihssane Mounir as saying.
Air Tanzani CEO Ladishlaus Matindi said 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, Business Daily reported.
“Our flagship 787 Dreamliner is popular with our passengers, providing unrivalled in-flight comfort and ultra-efficiency for our long-haul growth,” the report quoted Matindi as saying.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu