The recently received, Air Tanzania’s new plane, christened ‘Olduvai Gorge,’ has made its first commissioned flight to India, taking President Samia Suluhu and her entourage to New Delhi.
Boeing delivered to Air-Tanzania the new narrow body 737-9 Max that has been purchased by the Tanzania National Carrier from the U.S based airframe manufacturer.
While the Max 9’s first trip was abroad, carrying a delegation of about 80 Tanzanians who accompanied the head of state in her official visit to Asia, the new plane will mostly serve domestic routes.
The latest Series 9 of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft happens to be the fourth generation of the Boeing 737, the narrow-body airliners.
Bearing registration number 5H-TCP the Air Tanzania new Boeing airplane is the first among the anticipated two 737-9 MAX pieces of flying equipment.
It was received in Dar-es-salaam by Prime Minister, Philip Mpango and already undergone a series of test flights.
Air Tanzania is getting ready to commission two Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplanes in the carrier’s fleet as the company plans to expand its fleet, routes and operations.
As for the machine, the Boeing 737 MAX 9 is the second largest member of the Boeing 737 MAX family.
The plane is designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX 9 can carry up to 220 passengers out of the box, in a single-class configuration.
This new Boeing 737-9 MAX has been code named ‘Olduvai Gorge,’ and as we were going to press the passenger carrying craft had already undergone serious paint works, ready for its imminent delivery to the ailing Air Tanzania Company.
It was reported back in 2022 that Air Tanzania and Boeing had signed a special Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would see Boeing provide aviation training to Air Tanzania’s members of staff.
The training sessions were supposed to be provided both in Tanzania and in the United Kingdom.
Featuring two CFMI engines with a Hex Code 0800AF (Mode S Code ICAO 24-bit Aircraft Address) the plane with a previous testing registration of N4022T was being manufactured at the Renton site.
Last April a Boeing 767 Freighter was delivered to the National airline. Air Tanzania also operates a mixed fleet of 12 aircraft, including four Airbus A220-300s, two Boeing 787-8s, five DHC-8-Q400s, and one DHC-8-Q300.
Air Tanzania Company Limited is also growing in terms of route additions.
The number of its passengers has reportedly increased to over 90,000 per month by 2023, from the previous 4,000 travellers per month recorded in 2016.
The National carrier also boasts to have expanded its market share from 2.4 percent to 57 percent, this figure is however to be taken with a pinch of salt.