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Boeing Sells Four New Airplanes to Tanzanian Flag Carrier

Aircraft Manufacturer, Boeing has announced that it will be selling four new planes to Tanzania’s National Flag Carrier, a business transaction inked to the tune of USD 726 Million.

Boeing revealed plans to sell the four jets to Air-Tanzania (ATCL), in the Middle-East at company’s exhibition podium for the Dubai AirShow. This is an aerospace event taking place in the United Arab Emirates.

The Dubai Airshow is a biennial aerospace event taking place in the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in cooperation with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Dubai Airports, Dubai World Central and the Armed Forces of Emirates.

During the Airshow, Boeing, through an official statement, announced that it has inked agreement with the United Republic of Tanzania through which the company is to sell four new aircrafts to Air-Tanzania. These include, One Dreamliner 787-8; One Boeing Freighter 767-300 and two Boeing 737 Max Jets.

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Previously, the country’s Works and Transport Minister, Makame Mbarawa stated that Tanzania intended to procure five new aircrafts to boost the struggling state carrier fleet.

The new planes include the aforementioned Boeing jets and the Proposed, Dash 8-400 whose arrivals is set to boost the Air-Tanzania equipments to 17 planes by the year 2023.

The airplanes will be operated by Air Tanzania, the national flag-carrier of Tanzania, to expand service from the country to new markets across Africa, Asia and Europe. The order, valued at more than $726 million at list prices, was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

“Our flagship 787 Dreamliner is popular with our passengers, providing unrivalled in-flight comfort and ultra-efficiency for our long-haul growth. Adding to our 787 fleet, the introduction of the 737 MAX and 767 Freighter will give Air Tanzania exceptional capability and flexibility to meet passenger and cargo demand within Africa and beyond.”

Ladislaus Matindi – Chief Executive; Air Tanzania Company Limited

According to Boeing, Air-Tanzania will expand its current fleet of 787s, leveraging the new 737s for its regional network and the 767 Freighter to capitalize on Africa’s burgeoning cargo demand.

“Africa is the third fastest-growing region worldwide for air travel, and Air Tanzania is well-positioned to increase connectivity and expand tourism throughout Tanzania … We are honored that Air Tanzania has chosen Boeing for its fleet modernization program by adding an additional 787 and introducing the 737 MAX and the 767 Freighter into its expanding network.”

Ihssane Mounir – Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.

Boeing’s 2021 Commercial Market Outlook forecasts that, by 2040, Africa’s airlines will require 1,030 new airplanes valued at $160 billion and aftermarket services such as manufacturing and repair worth USD 235 billion, supporting growth in air travel and economies across the continent.

Boeing’s link with Africa started over 75 years ago, with more than 60 airline customers. Between them they operated as many as 500 Boeing airplanes. The company has an office in Johannesburg, South Africa, in addition to field service representatives supporting commercial customers across the continent.

A leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries.

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