New wings for tired Air Tanzania

Two new aircraft have been ordered for Air Tanzania. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

Two new aircraft have been ordered for Air Tanzania. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

Two new planes have been ordered in an attempt to boost Air Tanzania (ATCL), the cash-strapped national carrier.

Bombardier, a Canadian company, announced on Monday, July 25, they had received an order from the Tanzanian government for two 76-seat Q400 turboprop airplanes valued at $62 million USD (135 billion TSH.)

“Tanzania is a large country with some challenging airfields, and the Q400 turboprop’s capability to operate at these airports, its jet-like speed, long-range cruise capability and outstanding turboprop economics were key factors that guided us in selecting the aircraft for our operations,” says Leonard Chamuriho, permanent secretary of Ministry of Transport, Works and Communication.

ATCL, which has two planes, is currently undergoing restructuring, Chamuriho recently told BusinessWeek.

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