Air Tanzania spending spree continues

How much has been spent on reviving Air Tanzania’s fleet? Photo: Handout/Boeing

Another plane has been ordered for Air Tanzania’s growing fleet, this one a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet valued at $225 million USD (497 billion TSH).

In recent months, the government has ordered six new aircraft worth a total of nearly $500 million USD (1 trillion TSH.)

“The 787 Dreamliner will be the flagship aircraft as we renew and grow the Air Tanzania fleet. We aim to establish our long-haul capability by starting flights to Europe, Asia and the USA over the coming years,” says an unnamed Air Tanzania representative, quoted in a Boeing press release.

“We haven’t even reached 2 million tourist arrivals a year, while a country like Morocco gets more than 12 million tourists each year. That’s because tourists have to use connecting flights to come to Tanzania,” says President John Magufuli.

Magufuli, who personally restructured Air Tanzania management in September, says he wants to see Air Tanzania be a competing regional airline by 2018.

Air Tanzania had one plane when he took office last year.

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