Air Tanzania acquires Boeing Dreamliner
16 Jul 2018 - by Kylie Granat
Tanzania took delivery of its long-awaited Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which landed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam earlier in the month.
The aircraft will start operating intercontinental routes to Mumbai, India, in September.
Delivery of the aircraft signals a significant shift in the country’s aviation sector, as the carrier seeks to play a larger role in the regional aviation market which is dominated by Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya.
Jospehat Kagirwa, head of Corporate Communications & PR for Air Tanzania said that the carrier launched services between Dar es Salaam and Kigoma in 2016, and since then has been operating three flights per week up until May 2017, when Air Tanzania increased frequency to four times a week. Currently the airline is operating the route seven times a week using a Bombardier Dash8-Q400.
In addition, Kagirwa said: “Next month, in August, we are expecting to fly to Bujumbura (Burundi) via Kigoma from Dar es Salaam. By doing so, we can make a traveller connect via Kigoma.”