Air Tanzania becomes first African-based A220 operator

posted on 28th December 2018 by Justin Burns

Air Tanzania has become the first African carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft.

The A220 will allow Air Tanzania to further develop its domestic and regional market as well as open new routes to India and the Middle East from its home base Dar es Salaam.

Representatives from the airline as well as officials from the United Republic of Tanzania Government alongside executives from the A220 program celebrated the aircraft handover at the A220 Mirabel assembly line.

“The A220 unrivalled passenger comfort combined with its remarkable performance and economics will be an excellent asset to further develop Air Tanzania’s network,” said Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA) acting chief executive officer, Tito Kasambal.

“With the addition of the A220 in our fleet we are confident that we will expand our footprint in the growing African markets and beyond, as we unlock additional routes and regain our position as a key player in the African air transport market,” added Air Tanzania Company Limited managing director and chief executive officer, Ladislaus Matindi.

Air Tanzania becomes the fifth airline globally with an A220 family aircraft. The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market.