Tanzanian government has ordered four new aircraft
The Tanzanian government has ordered four new aircraft to enhance the carrier’s operational capabilities in Africa and abroad. At the Dubai Airshow 2021 on Tuesday, Boeing and Tanzania announced orders for one 787-8 Dreamliner, one 767-300 Freighter, and two 737 MAX jets.
The planes, worth more than $726 million at list prices, will be operated by Air Tanzania. The aircraft will help expand services from home to new markets in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
“Our flagship 787 Dreamliner is loved by passengers, bringing unparalleled comfort and unsurpassed efficiency to our long-haul development,” said Ladislaus Matindi, CEO of Air Tanzania. . Matindi said the introduction of the 737 MAX and 767 Freighter will give Air Tanzania the unique ability and flexibility to meet the needs of passengers and freight in Africa and beyond.
Headquartered in Dar es Salaam, the airline will expand its current fleet of 787s, using the new 737s for its regional network and the 767 Freighter to capitalize on the growing demand for freight in Asia. Boeing’s senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing, Ihssane Mounir, said the purchase of the four planes will increase air travel for the Tanzanian flag carrier.
“Africa is the third fastest-growing region in the world for air travel, and Air Tanzania is well-positioned to strengthen connectivity and expand travel across Tanzania.”
Mounir said: “We are honored that Air Tanzania has selected Boeing for its fleet modernization program by adding an additional 787 and introducing the 737 MAX and 767 Freighter to its expanding network.
Boeing’s commercial market forecast for 2021 predicts that, by 2040, African airlines will require 1,030 new aircraft worth $160 billion and after-sales services such as production and repair, $235 billion, to support the growth of air travel and economies across the continent.
Boeing’s legacy in Africa began more than 75 years ago, with more than 60 customer airlines operating up to 500 Boeing aircraft. Boeing has offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, in addition to field service representatives who support commercial customers across the continent.
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