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Air France starts direct flights between Paris and Dar-es-Salaam

Air France has just launched the airline’s new direct routes that will be connecting Dar-es-Salaam City to Paris on the wings of its Airbus A220.

But the maiden flight from Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport to Charles De Gaulle Airport was accomplished using Air France’s Boeing Dreamliner B787-9 with Registration Number F-HRBD.

Transport Minister, Makame Mbarawe flagged off the maiden flight between Dar-es-salaam and Paris at the JKNIA which took place in the City during the night of 13 June 2023.

Air France will be flying three times a week between Paris and Dar-es-salaam with stopovers in Zanzibar Island.

However reports from Paris indicate that though the airline started out with the Dreamliner, Air France intends to commission an Airbus A220 plane which will be flying up to 835 times a day, to 191 destinations in 89 countries from this summer season of 2023.

Air France’s new routes include flights from Paris to Dar Es Salaam and Ottawa from Paris and from Cayenne to Belem.

With such development, it means that from now henceforth, traveling from Tanzania to France will be done on one-way, one-trip and one-plane arrangement, unlike in the past when passengers used to fly via other destinations.

Previously, trips from Dar-es-salaam to Paris used to force travellers to fly through Nairobi, Addis, Doha, Dubai, Amsterdam or Istanbul.

That was because the airlines that connected Tanzania and France were compelled to fly through their own countries.

The carriers linking the two countries via their own bases include Kenya Airways, Ethiopian, Royal Dutch Airline (KLM), Etihad, Qatar, Emirates and Turkish Airlines.

As foe Air France landings in Tanzania, it is yet to be known whether the airline intends to also include Kilimanjaro International Airport, in the Northern Tourism Circuit on its logbook and manifest.

In another travel development, Air Zimbabwe has issued a request for proposal to dry lease two Boeing B777-200ER for at least two years, as the carrier seeks to resume direct flights between Harare and London.

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