Air Tanzania is the flag carrier of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam, at Julius Nyerere International Airport. Air Tanzania flies to destinations such as Arusha, Moroni, Dar es Salaam, Kigoma, Mbeya, Mtwara, Mwanza and Tabora. The airline operates passenger services to the main destinations in Tanzania including Julius Nyerere – Dar Es Salaam International Airport and Kigoma Airport. Air Tanzania was relaunched in 2007 after its five year partnership with giant South African Airways was dissolved when it commenced operations from Dar es Salaam - Kilimanjaro - Mwanza.
Air Tanzania has code shares with Air Uganda and Air Zimbabwe and was established in 1977 to operate the services suspended following the break up of East African Airways which was jointly owned by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. In November 2011, Air Tanzania resumed services following the return of one Bombardier Q300. Air Tanzania's fleet consists of Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 and Bombardier CRJ200.
Airlines that fly similar routes to Air Tanzania include Fastjet, Auric Air, Precision Air and Coastal Aviation. Find out more about other airlines that fly to safari destinations here.
Air Tanzania Baggage
Air Tanzania's baggage allowance depends upon the fare purchased and type of aircraft flown on. Usually, checked baggage is limited to one piece not exceeding 23kg and hand baggage 1 piece of up to 10kg.
Air Tanzania News
20th June 2018
Air Tanzania to set up own ancillary services units
Air Tanzania (TC, Dar-es-Salaam) has announced plans to establish its own groundhandling, MRO, and in-flight catering units as part of its growth and restructuring plan.
According to The Citizen, Sales and Distribution Manager, Edward Nkwabi, told a tourism stakeholders conference last week that the state-owned carrier was looking to take advantage of the partial liberalization of the market to establish its own groundhandling firm which will operate primarily in Dar-es-Salaam.
Other projects on the cards include an MRO hangar facility in Dar es Salaam, an inflight catering unit, and the construction of an executive lounge in Julius Nyerere International Airport's new Terminal III.
Air Tanzania will take delivery of two CS300s and one B787-8 through July of this year following which the carrier will embark on a regional and international expansion plan covering Bujumbura and Entebbe/Kampala in Central Africa; Harare Int'l, Lusaka, and Johannesburg O.R. Tambo in Southern Africa; and Mumbai Int'l and Guangzhou in Asia.
Airline CEO Ladislaus Matindi has previously noted plans to rejoin IATA as well as an unspecified global alliance.
18th April 2018
Tanzania: Air Tanzania's Third Bombardier Touches Ground At JNIA
After a long wait, the third aircraft for Air Tanzania touched ground at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) on Monday, 02 April 2018.
The plane, a Bombardier Q-400, touched ground at 5.07 PM, with President John Magufuli gracing the event to receive it.
Upon touching down, the plane received a water salute, involving firefighting rigs spraying arcs of water over it as a sign of respect, honour and gratitude.
The government has purchased the plane for $32 million from Canada's Bombardier Aerospace.
It is the third in a total of six aircrafts that President John Magufuli's administration plans to purchase to revive the state-owned Air Tanzania.
"We will receive three more aircrafts. This time, jets. We will have a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and two Bombardier C300 series. They will arrive before the end of this year," President Magufuli said.
12th March 2018
Tanzania: Finally, Four Air Tanzania Company Planes Arrive in July
FOUR newly procured planes for Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) are expected in the country next July, the government announced here yesterday.
The Director of Information Services, Dr Hassan Abbas said the new planes from the Canadian Bombardier Manufacturer will arrive in the next four months. The government statement ends months of speculations on the fleet plight.
The government signed a firm purchase agreement with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft for the two Q400 turboprop airliners in July 2016. The 76-seater aircraft chiefly for commercial airline operations were pegged at 62 million US dollars (over 140bn/-).The state further signed another 224.6 million US dollar (over 500bn/-) deal for one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and jetliners CS300 to add up to the already delivered two Q400 planes.
"I understand there have been lots of rumours going on out there, but I'm here to assure you that our new planes, including the Boeing 787-8 will arrive this July," he said. Dr Abbas decried the efforts doomsters were investing to frustrate the national flag carrier revival initiatives, saying, "They will all fail because the government is determined to revive the airline company.
" It was earlier reported that the Tanzanian aircraft, Bombardier Q400, which was previously scheduled to arrive in the country last July, was seized in Canada due to the government failure to pay 38 million US dollars it owed the UK's Stirling Civil Engineering Limited.
13th February 2018
Tanzania: Govt Says No More Delays in JNIA Work
Dar es Salaam — The government said yesterday that construction of Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) Terminal 3 should be completed before the end of this year as scheduled.
The Minister of Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Makame Mbarawa, said the project was 68 per cent complete, adding that there should be no further delays in its construction.
"Construction is going on well, and we expect the job to be completed before the end of this year as scheduled," he said during a tour of the site.
The terminal was initially scheduled to be completed last year, but the completion date was pushed back to October, this year, due to various reasons.
Prof Mbarawa said the new terminal would play a key role in boosting trade and tourism.
Its completion is expected to greatly increase JNIA's capacity and ease the pressure in Terminal 2, which is currently operating beyond its capacity.
13th October 2017
Air Tanzania signs MoU with Ethiopia on pilot training
Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ethiopian Aviation Academy, aimed at helping Tanzanian pilots and engineers undergo capacity building training in Ethiopia.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam during the signing ceremony, ATCL Managing Director, Ladislaus Matindi said 12 pilots and seven aircraft engineers will operate on the new Bombadier Q400 and Dreamliner 787 which are expected in the country soon.
"We have reached an agreement and our pilots and aircraft engineers will start training between November and December, this year, to receive training on operations of the new Bombardier aircraft after they arrive," he explained.
Expounding further, he said the aim of the training is to increase the number of qualified pilots and aircraft engineers who will serve with the national carrier. According to him, the MoU will help its employees to get capacity building training at affordable costs.
7th September 2017
Tanzanian Airline Rivals Pursue Common Goal
Air Tanzania CEO Ladislaus Matindi has given himself five years to reverse his company’s fortunes after his predecessors virtually ran it aground. In charge of the airline since last September, Matindi aims to win back market share, stimulate the economy and boost Tanzania’s unquestionable tourism potential.
Air Tanzania (ATC) today operates two aircraft, one Bombardier Q400 and one Q300, and plans call for a further Q400 due by the end of this month and three more—a Boeing 787 and two Bombardier CS100s—next year. “Currently, we have 11 domestic routes and one international [destination], Moroni in the Comoros Islands,” Other airlines flying competitive routes to Comoros include AB Aviation and Comores Aviation International. Matindi told AIN at company headquarters in Dar es Salaam. “Soon we will be opening up new routes to Nairobi, Entebbe and Bujumbura.”
Today, Tanzania has three scheduled airlines: Air Tanzania, Precision Air and Fastjet. “[All three] have been struggling,” he noted. “The government is putting in money to revamp ATC.”
Matindi opined that African governments must “invest” in airlines to help them grow, although many have squandered state funds to support ailing flag carriers. He argues for the need for airport infrastructure improvements countrywide to allow nighttime operations.
He wants the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to serve as ATC’s flagship as the airline renews the fleet, and he aims to start flights to Europe, Asia and the U.S. His revelation that ATC’s first Dreamliner will launch services next year raised some intrigue, after Tanzania earlier signaled a wish to reduce reliance on Chinese support by indefinitely shelving the Bagamoyo Megaport project in favor of upgrading the existing Dar es Salaam port.
Meanwhile, Sauda Rajab, CEO of fellow Tanzanian regional carrier Precision Air, continues work on cutting persistent losses. “It is a challenge, but we are not there yet,” she said. “We have about seven aircraft in operation; one is about to clear a C-check. We have five ATR72-500s and two ATR42-500s. Recently, because of overhauls, we have been able to put in extra frequencies on some routes, especially Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
“At the same time, a second ATR 42-500 has allowed us to start looking at other niche markets. Recently we went back to Entebbe, and we have just announced the start of operations to Kahama, a mining area. We also just announced that by October we will be operating to Seronera [in the Serengeti]. It’s a huge country and it is not fully covered at the moment.”
She referred to the African concept of “co-opetition,” in reference to Air Tanzania, to prevent price wars. “I don’t think at the moment that we are complementary,” she said. “However there is room for us to actually cooperate. You could cover a lot wider [area] in Tanzania, and look at the region’s growth.”
She agreed that nighttime operations at Tanzania’s airports would benefit the airline; today, flights operate only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. “There is a lot going on at night in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi,” she noted.