MIAMI — Air Tanzania has been disclosed as a previously unidentified customer for a single Boeing 787-8, valued at $224.6 million at list prices.
The order follows private meetings that Jim Deboo, Africa region sales and marketing director for Boeing, held with John Magufuli, president of the United Republic of Tanzania during a visit last week.
“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 airline said in a statement.
The announcement is the latest in a series of aircraft acquisitions for Air Tanzania. Last December 2, the carrier announced a firm order for two Bombardier CS300s and two Q400s turboprops, and earlier this year, the carrier took delivery of two Q400s with an all-economy, 76-seat cabin configuration.
Air Tanzania is the flag carrier of Tanzania, based in Julius Nyerere International Airport ni Dar es Salaam, and currently flies to several domestic destinations.
The acquisition of these new aircraft is part of a turn-around plan for the company, intended to serve as a tool to transform the country into a regional transportation hub while boosting the tourism industry of the country, which currently brings in around $2 billion a year.