MIAMI — Air Tanzania Company Limited has taken delivery of its two brand new Bombardier Q400s. They were painted at Muskoka Aircraft Refinishing in August and received custom modifications by SkyService at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport prior to delivery.
The two new Q400s (C-FHNF • MSN 4492 / C-FIFG • MSN 4495) were built in mid-2015 and stored pending delivery.
The two aircraft will supplement the airline’s sole aircraft, a single Bombardier Q300, (5H-MWF • MSN 474) acquired in February 2008. Air Tanzania has also recently operated a single former Delta Canadair CRJ-100ER (ZS-KEM • MSN 7297) leased from Cemair.
The two Q400s will help to expand Air Tanzania’s route structure significantly. Service currently consists of Kigoma, Moroni, Mtwara, and Mwanza, which will be expanded to include: Arusha, Bukoba, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Mpanda, Mwanza, Pemba Wawi, Tabora and Zanzibar.
“Our Q400 aircraft will provide affordable, convenient and comfortable air transport solutions,” said Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works and Communication, Tanzania. “We are committed to providing state-of-the-art service to our passengers and are keen to expand further as our business grows to include new destinations in Tanzania and the African region.
“Tanzania is a large country with some challenging airfields, and the Q400 turboprop’s capability to operate at these airports, its jet-like speed, long-range cruise capability and outstanding turboprop economics were key factors that guided us in selecting the aircraft for our operations,” added Dr. Chamuriho. “The level of in-continent support that Bombardier offers is also very important for us.”
“This transaction not only solidifies the relationship between the Government of Tanzania, and Bombardier, but also reaffirms Africa as one of the most prolific Q400 aircraft markets. The Q400 aircraft is a showcase for the continent, where it has proved itself to be extremely efficient as well as cost-effective,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales – Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
The Q400 purchase was announced on July 25 2016, placed by the Tanzanian government Valued at approximately US $62 million, these are configured with a 76-seat single class.
Air Tanzania also plans to acquire a single 150 seat Bombardier C Series CS300, with no confirmed delivery timeline.