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DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT WELCOMES NEW AIRCRAFT AT ITS HUB
BY PROF. DR. WOLFGANG H. THOME, MAR 18, 2014
Air Tanzania has made good of announcements made earlier in the year of an impending fleet upgrade when the airline last weekend presented their newly-leased Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet, registered as 5Y-WWA, to the public at their Dar es Salaam hub. The single class (all economy) 50-seater jet was reportedly leased from Kenyan company DAC Aviation which is based at Wilson Airport and was manufactured in October 1999 before entering commercial service with Air Nostrum. DAC then acquired the aircraft according to information received in December 2012.
The 14½-year-old jet is the first of overall three additional aircraft Air Tanzania proposes to add by mid this year. Prior to the arrival of the new jet did the airline operate an owned Bombardier Q300 aircraft on a limited domestic route network and a wet leased B737-200 which is reportedly due to be returned to the lessors when two CRJ700 aircraft are due to join the fleet in a few weeks’ time. These additional Bombardier jets will also be configured in a single class (all economy) cabin and offer 78 seats.
Acting CEO Capt. Milton Lazaro was quoted to have said, when welcoming the airline’s new aircraft: “This aircraft received today is part of three aircraft we planned to acquire this year. The other two are expected to arrive between April and May this year. The addition of this aircraft to our fleet will enable us to open new frontiers and add more routes. With the expansion of our fleet our passengers will enjoy daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza. We will be going to Mbeya four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To Moroni, Comoros, we will fly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,”
Air Tanzania is also working to launch additional domestic destinations, offering flights to among other towns Tabora, Kigoma and Mtwara.
AIR TANZANIA RESUMES FLIGHTS BETWEEN DAR ES SALAAM AND TABORA
June 1, 2013
Tanzania’s national flag carrier, Air Tanzania, resumes Dar es Salaam-Tabora flights on Saturday [June 1], this week, after suspending the route for over a year to allow maintenance of the airport’s runway.
The Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) Acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Milton Lazaro, said in a statement that the airline was set to offer reliable, affordable, safe and convenient transport to passengers plying the route.
Captain Lazaro said the airline would offer three frequencies a week using its 50-seater De-Havilland Dash8-Q300. He said the flights would be on Monday, Thursday and Saturday whereby departures on Monday and Saturday will be 11:30am, flying directly to Tabora and Wednesday at 06:30 am flying via Kigoma.
“ATCL has chosen to resume Dar-es Salaam-Tabora flights because of the company’s commitment to provide reliable and affordable services to the people of Tabora especially the business community,” Captain Lazaro said.
He said the ATCL management decided that the airline re-launches the Tabora route as a noble cause to serve the region which is in line with the airline’s ambition to enhance connectivity with other regions. “We have also realised that there has been no dedicated sustainable surface transport operator to serve the route effectively since our exit.
We believe the re-launch of the route will be a catalyst for the economic development of Tabora and the Lake Zone as a whole,” he said.
Captain Lazaro added that resumption of Tabora route was also influenced by public outcry, calls from travel agents and Parliament that wanted the national airline to fulfil its mission of conducting business while serving the public.
He further said that the airline was set to embark on its ambitious plan to open new domestic routes that include Songwe and resumption of Arusha, Zanzibar and Mwanza routes. “These new routes will be embarked on upon receiving our own new aircraft later this year. The public will be notified once the acquisition of the aircraft materialises,” he said.
As reported by the Tanzania Daily News
Air Tanzania is the national airline of Tanzania and is based at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam. The carrier operates domestic services, as well as regional services to destinations in south-east Africa and international service to London Heathrow. Air Tanzania is wholly owned by the Tanzanian government.
By Capa Aviation
FIRST WOMAN EXECUTIVE TO LEAD AN AIRLINE IN TANZANIA
Precision Air gets new CEO
Feb 15, 2013
TANZANIA (eTN) - Precision Air, Tanzaniaâ€™s fastest-growing airline, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer after voluntary retirement of Mr. Alfonse Kioko, who led the airline to a successful path in ten years.
The new Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Sauda Said Rajab, is to take over the top post in the airline later next month, to become the first woman airline executive in Tanzaniaâ€™s airline industry history.
A report from Precision Airâ€™s head office in the Tanzanian capital city of Dar es Salaam said that Ms. Sauda worked with Kenya Airways, where she served in different capacities for the last 23 years, the most recent being as the General Manager in Kenya Airways Cargo Department.
With rich experience in Sales and Operations in the airline industry, she will bring in a new vision and management style to grow the airline amid competition to much greater heights, the report said.
Before his voluntary retirement, Mr. Kioko steered Precision Air to greater heights of growth and achievements.
Precision Air is currently operating with 12 aircraft consisting of a fleet of ATR equipment and Boeing 737-300 air planes, making it a leading schedule airline in Tanzania.
Its current flights cover most key towns in Tanzania, East Africa, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Lubumbashi in Congo.
Source: Apolinari Tairo, eTN Tanzania
Precision Air is Tanzania’s largest airline, based at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam. The carrier operates mainly ATR truboprops on regional scheduled service to destinations across Tanzania and Kenya. The company was partially listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange on 21-Dec-2011. As of 31-Mar-2102, the main shareholders were founder Michael Shirima (43%) and Kenya Airways (41%). By Capa Aviation.
AIRLINES OF TANZANIA
Air Tanzania Corporation (ATC) the Tanzanian flag-carrier, was established on 11 March, 1977, to operate the services suspended following the brake up of East African Airways (EAA), which was owned jointly by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
In the initial moment, the airline leased one Douglas DC-9-32 5Y-ALR from Kenya Airways and one Boeing 707-331 YN-BWL (exN762TW) from Areo Nica. Regular and domestic flights followed by using Boeings 737-200s and Fokker F27s and adding de Havilland Twin Otters to its fleet for domestic services from Kilimanjaro.
The fleet was gradually upgraded by 2 no Boeing 737-200s, 4 no Fokker F27s and 4 no DHC 6 Twin Otter. Due to decreased traffic, two of the F27s (reg. unknown) were removed from services in 1981, but were returned two years later only to be removed again in 1984. The airline leased a single Boeing 767-200 1991/1992 from Ethiopian Airlines but this aircraft was too large and the airline had to dispose it. The carrier also leased a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, G-BNSA during 1989.
The airline has also had in its fleet two Boeing 737-33A, XA-SWO (leased from TAESA on a short term contract 1998), 5H-TAC 1999-2003 and a single Dornier 208-201 ZS-OVM leased from South African Airways.
Auric Air Services Ltd is Tanzania’s preferred corporate and safari airline with a wide network of domestic scheduled services. From its bases at Mwanza Airport and Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar-es-salaam‚ Auric Air provides scheduled flights to some of the most remote and otherwise inaccessible destinations within Tanzania. Auric Air now provides daily scheduled services to 7 destinations and handles approximately 3000 passengers every month.
Auric Air Services Limited undergoes stringent tri-annual safety and operational audits conducted by professional audit firms appointed by large blue chip mining and exploration companies. This ensures safe operational practices and makes it the preferred air charter service provider for the Corporate.
The airline operates 5 Cessna Grand Caravans C208B‚ a fleet which is amongst the youngest of Caravan fleets in this region. With the reliable turbine engine‚ this type of all weather aircraft have been chosen to meet the specific requirements of operating into bush airstrips within Tanzania’s world famous game parks‚ hunting strips and to not so well maintained airstrips within East Africa.
All of Auric Air aircrafts are equipped with the Glass cockpit and in order to enhance safety‚ optional state of the art avionics including latest in traffic terrain avoidance systems‚ Synthetic Visual Technology‚ and Satellite Based real time tracking systems have been installed.
ZanAir is a domestic airline that operations schedule flights from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, Arusha, Selous Game Reserve, Saadani National Park, Pemba and Mombasa. We also operate charters to various airstrips and airports in Tanzania and Kenya.
ZanAir is Zanzibar’s longest serving aviation company (Started operations in November 1992), with nearing two decades long operation. 80 percent of ZanAir staff has been in service with ZanAir, from the beginning or over 9 yrs.
Flightlink Limited known as “Flightlink Air Charters” a scheduled and corporate air Charter Company owned and operated by Capt Munawer Dhirani, a Tanzanian and an American Graduate Commercial Pilot.
Our base is Dar es Salaam and Operating & Dispatch is at Terminal 1, Julius Nyerere International Airport. We are regulated by Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority and audited yearly for certification of Air Service License (ASL) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC).
Fastjet Plc is a low-cost airline with ambitions to provide a pan-African service; established in part by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, known for founding the low-cost short haul airline easyJet, Fastjet aims to deliver the same service as its European counterpart to the African continent. The airline was initially created with the acquisition of Fly540, an airline operating in East Africa, and flights in Fastjet's own name commenced in November 2012.
Find more at: www.fastjet.com
FASTjET LAUNCHES SPECIAL FARES TO SUPPORT TANZANIA'S TOURISM INDUSTRY
BY PROF. DR. WOLFGANG H. THOME, APR 11, 2014
Tanzania’s LCC Fastjet earlier this week announced the introduction of a special fare for the South African market which will allow travel agents to package holidays to Tanzania’s national parks and beaches.
The newly launched fares are valid for 12 months and are not dependent on booking class availability as is otherwise the case, giving tour operators the ability to create, price and market cost effective Tanzanian travel packages well in advance.
The fares also include one item of checked luggage per passenger, a benefit not otherwise available to regular passengers of the airline. Access to the special fare comes through a new dedicated Fastjet agent booking portal viawww.fastjet.com/za. This portal allows tour operators to check availability, plan itineraries, make and manage bookings and complete all general administration processes relating to their clients’ flights.
‘Tanzania offers a diverse range of destinations and activities, from the imposing majesty of Kilimanjaro to the vast savannahs that are home to Africa’s most prolific wildlife – not to mention the magnificent beaches and cultural experiences offered by Zanzibar’ said Richard Bodin, Chief Commercial Officer of Fastjet when launching the new service before adding: ‘South African tour operators can now create cost effective packages that include some or all of these remarkable destinations, without being held hostage to exorbitant and highly fluctuating fares charged by the competition on the Johannesburg-Dar es Salaam route’.
Fastjet operates internationally from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg and Lusaka besides offering domestic flights within Tanzania from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya.
Tour operators can access the private low-cost fares on the Fastjet booking portal once they have registered with Fastjet, a mandatory requirement to be able to use these special fares, in a short registration process that involves contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Other fares with Fastjet can also be accessed through all main Global Distribution Systems (GDS) under Marketing Code H1 and Operations Code FN, via Fastjet’s public website (www.fastjet.com/za) or through its South African call centre.
Safari and tour operators in Tanzania have welcomed the news as it will very likely further strengthen their ties with South Africa, which has over the past years emerged as a leading tourist source country for Tanzania, of course aided by the waving of Visa requirements for South African citizens when entering the country. This latest move by Fastjet is bound to further impact positively on the airline’s market share on the route where it competes head on with South African Airways, which saw their extraordinarily high yields on flights between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam shrink considerably since the launch of Fastjet flights on the route.