Aviation: East African Carrier, Air Tanzania To invest 468 billion shillings (about 200 million dollars) for 5 new aircraft, targets 16 operational aircraft by early 2023

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East African Carrier, Air Tanzania plans to increase its fleet by 2023, to 16 operational aircraft local sources reported.

According to aviacionline.com, Tanzania’s president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, had assured in April that her government would continue to «strategically nurture» the airline to improve its operational efficiency.

National Minister Works and Transport, Makame Mbarawa, said the Tanzanian state will invest 468 billion shillings (about 200 million dollars) to bring in five new aircraft. The money will go toward completing payments for a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, two Boeing 737 MAX 9s, a Boeing 767-300F freighter and a Dash 8 Q400.

According to the official, the government is determined to make Tanzania a transport and logistics hub in East and Central Africa. The development of a larger network of connections in the region would lead to increased competition between the company and Kenya Airways, the flag carrier of neighboring Kenya.

Air Tanzania currently operates a fleet of Airbus A220-300 aircraft (it is the first operator of the model on the continent), Boeing 787-8s and Dash 8 Q400s. If the new deliveries are completed on time, it would have 16 aircraft of its own by early 2026.

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The new budget commitment comes against a backdrop of negative balance sheets for the company. Earlier this year it was revealed that two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners recorded losses of 23.6 billion shillings. However, the company consolidated a trend to reduce its losses between 2020 and 2021.
Aviation: Zambia Airways to commence direct flights to South Africa July 1st 2022 After a 30 Years break

Zambia’s national airline, Zambia Airways will commence direct flights to South Africa six months after returning to the sky, a government official said Monday.

According to t.m.china.org.cn, the airline which resumed operations in December after a 30-year hiatus following its liquidation in 1994, will commence direct flights to South Africa on July 1, 2022.

Zambian Minister of Transport and Logistics Frank Tayali said the commencement of flights to South Africa will go a long way in strengthening ties between the two countries.

“It is my pleasure to make an announcement that Zambia Airways will start flights to Johannesburg on the 1st of July, 2022.

This is time for new dawns, new horizons and new developments in Zambia,” he said when he launched the airline’s central ticketing office.

He added that the government was in the process of envisaging a strategic plan aimed at developing the capacity, stakeholder collaboration and economic development of the aviation sector.

The airline resumed operations after the government signed a shareholding agreement with Ethiopian Airlines in 2018.

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