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Air Tanzania to acquire 3 new planes as part of fleet expansion

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Tanzania’s government will buy two new Airbus jets and one plane from De Havilland Canada as part of a fleet expansion plan for the national flag carrier.

This has been revealed by the president, Pombe Magufuli.

According to Magufuli who has personally taken charge of the revival of Tanzania’s loss-making state carrier Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), spending hundreds of millions of dollars purchasing eight new planes since 2016 has already issued instructions for the purchase of three additional planes to expand air services and improve tourism.

However, he did not say how much the new planes will cost.

Air Tanzania’s existing fleet includes one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, two Airbus A220-300 jets and three DHC Dash 8-400 aircaft, formerly known as the Bombardier Q400 turboprop.

Tanzania hopes the revival of the national airline will boost the tourism sector, the country’s biggest foreign exchange earner.

Its earnings from tourism jumped more than 7% last year to around $2.4 billion, helped by an increase in arrivals from foreign visitors, according to government data.

Tanzania is best known for its beaches, wildlife safaris and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Its earnings from tourism jumped more than 7% last year to around $2.4 billion, helped by an increase in arrivals from foreign visitors, according to government data.

Tanzania is best known for its beaches, wildlife safaris and Mount Kilimanjaro.

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