Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dar es Salaam Airport Welcomes New Aircraft at Its Hub

Air Tanzania has made good of announcements made earlier in the year of an impending fleet upgrade when the airline last weekend presented their newly-leased Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet, registered as 5Y-WWA, to the public at their Dar es Salaam hub. The single class (all economy) 50-seater jet was reportedly leased from Kenyan company DAC Aviation which is based at Wilson Airport and was manufactured in October 1999 before entering commercial service with Air Nostrum. DAC then acquired the aircraft according to information received in December 2012.

The 14½-year-old jet is the first of overall three additional aircraft Air Tanzania proposes to add by mid this year. Prior to the arrival of the new jet did the airline operate an owned Bombardier Q300 aircraft on a limited domestic route network and a wet leased B737-200 which is reportedly due to be returned to the lessors when two CRJ700 aircraft are due to join the fleet in a few weeks’ time. These additional Bombardier jets will also be configured in a single class (all economy) cabin and offer 78 seats.

Acting CEO Capt. Milton Lazaro was quoted to have said, when welcoming the airline’s new aircraft: “This aircraft received today is part of three aircraft we planned to acquire this year. The other two are expected to arrive between April and May this year. The addition of this aircraft to our fleet will enable us to open new frontiers and add more routes. With the expansion of our fleet our passengers will enjoy daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza. We will be going to Mbeya four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To Moroni, Comoros, we will fly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

Air Tanzania is also working to launch additional domestic destinations, offering flights to among other towns Tabora, Kigoma and Mtwara.


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