Air Tanzania has been unveiled as a customer for the Boeing 787, which had previously been listed in Boeing’s order overview as unidentified.
Shopping spree for Air Tanzania
After having ordered 3 aircraft from jet maker Bombardier, 2 CS300 aircraft and 1 Q400, the company has now ordered its first Boeing aircraft. The airline has ordered a single Boeing 787-8 carrying a list price of $224.6 million. With the acquisition of the aircraft the East-African carrier wants to expand its business towards long haul operations including destinations in Europe, Asia and the US.
The start of long haul operations should be benficial to the tourism sector of Tanzania and serve as a feed to the airline’s domestic operation.
Air Tanzania said the following about the order:
“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 U.S.A over the coming years and the 787 is the perfect aircraft to achieve this ambition. Our hub airport at Dar es Salaam is well located to provide connections onwards across east Africa, capitalizing on the growing demand for tourism in Tanzania and throughout the region from intercontinental markets.”