Air Tanzania is launching Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service later this month, scheduled to operate Dar es Salaam – Kilimanjaro – Mwanza route. The 787-8 is first ever wide-body order for ‘The Wings of Kilimanjaro’ and it is valued at $224.6 million at list prices. The aircraft will be operated by Air Tanzania, the flag carrier of Tanzania.
Air Tanzania said, “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 United States over the coming years and the 787 is the perfect aircraft to achieve this ambition.”
The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide Air Tanzania with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 to 25 percent less fuel and with 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.
“I am pleased to welcome Air Tanzania as the newest member of the Dreamliner family,” said Van Rex Gallard, Vice President, Latin America, Africa & Caribbean Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are honored that Air Tanzania has chosen the 787 to operate its long-haul operations. The 787 will significantly increase passenger numbers feeding on to its domestic flights thereby boosting overall tourism to Tanzania.”
This comes at a time when the Tanzania national carrier is expected to start direct flights from Dar es Salaam to Entebbe and Bujumbura next month. The development will not only bring convenience and cut travel costs, but will also bring competition to the doorstep of Kenya Airways and RwandaAir.
Air Tanzania Company Limited is the flag carrier of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport and currently flies to destinations in Tanzania with a growing fleet of airplanes.