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About Air Tanzania

Air Tanzania is the flag carrier of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam, at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). Air Tanzania flies to 7 international destinations such as Burundi, Comoros, India, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The airline also flies domestically to 10 domestic destinations within Tanzania which include cities such as Arush, Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Kigoma, Mbeya, Mwanza, Tabora, Songea and Zanzibar City.

The airline operates passenger services to the main destinations in Tanzania including Julius Nyerere – Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR) and Kigoma Airport (TKQ). 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 codeshares with Air Uganda and Air Zimbabwe and was established in March 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 Dash 8-Q300. Air Tanzania's fleet consists of the Airbus A220-300, Boeing 787-8, Dash 8-Q300, Dash 8-Q400 and Fokker 50.

In 2016, the Tanzanian government wanted to revive the national carrier and bought two new Bombardier Q400 for the national carrier. In December the same year, the government announced that four more aircraft would be bought for the airline.

In the summer months of 2019, the airline started new routes to Johannesburg, South Africa and Mumbai, India. These routes are fully operated by the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and the Airbus A220-300.

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.

 
 

Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers are given a free carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg on Air Tanzania flights.

 

Checked Baggage

Passengers are allowed up to 23kg of checked baggage in Economy Class and 30kg of checked baggage in Business Class on Air Tanzania flights. 

 


Check-In

Online Check-In

Online check-in is available through the Air Tanzania online check-in page. To check-in online, passengers must enter their PNR and full name. 

 

Airport Check-In

Airport check-in is available by visiting one of the Air Tanzania check-in agents at the check-in counters. Passengers must have the relevant travel documents with them to complete check-in at the airport. Air Tanzania recommends that passengers arrive at least two hours prior to departure for domestic flights and at least three hours prior to check-in for international flights. This will ensure there is enough time to check-in, drop the baggage and pass security. 


Cabin Classes

Air Tanzania offers two cabin classes: standard economy seating and premium seating.

On-board services and amenities

Passengers can stay entertained on the flight with Air Tanzania inflight magazine TWIGA - Secret Safari.

Is Wi-Fi available?

Air Tanzania has WiFi onboard. All you will need to do is to launch your web browser, which will display the log-in web portal. From the portal, simply select your preferred price plan. Note that on-board Wi-Fi is only available on certain aircraft.

What are the seats like?

Passengers can sit comfortably in padded seats, which have headrests and armrests for your convenience. There is under-seat storage, overhead storage compartments, and fold-down trays.

Can I pre-book my Air Tanzania seat?

At the moment, the airline does not pre-allocate seats. Seat allocation will be arranged during the boarding process.


 

Special Services

Air Tanzania offer a number of special services to its passengers. Please see below the following services it offers:

Wheelchairs

If you require wheelchair assistance at the airport, you must inform Air Tanzania of this at the time of your booking. You can request this service by getting through to the airline's offices; or the Alternative Airlines customer service team if you have booked through our website. For more information on this please see our wheelchair assistance page.

UMNR (Children Travelling Alone)

If you’re arranging for your child to travel by themselves, you would need to book through the unaccompanied minor service, your child will be received at the originating airport, taken care of during their travel and while onboard the aircraft. The child will be handed over to the person designated by the parents/guardians upon arrival at their destination. Note: To use the unaccompanied minor service, an adult fare needs to be purchased for the child. For more information on this contact the airline or alternatively, contact us. Also, you can find more information on our unaccompanied minors page on this.

Expectant Mothers

For the safety of the soon to be born baby, it's recommended that all expectant mothers inform their doctor before booking their ticket and inquire about their health to fly the length of the trip they intend to take.

You may be asked to show certain medical forms before flying. For your own safety of the child, Air Tanzania will not accept expectant mothers who are pregnant from their 32 weeks or beyond.

 


 

Airline Alliance

Air Tanzania is not currently part of an airline alliance.

 


 

Frequent Flyer Program

Air Tanzania does not currently offer a frequent flyer program.

 


Air Tanzania Destinations

International Destinations

As of October 2019, Air Tanzania flies to seven international destinations including Comoro, Burundi, Uganda and recently added routes of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and India. Air Tanzania also flies to 10 domestic destinations from its hub at Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). The airline is also set to start flying to Thailand and China by the end of 2019.

 

Country City Airport
Burundi Bujumbura Bujumbura International Airport (BJM)
Comoros Moroni Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport (HAH)
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM)
South Africa Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Uganda Entebbe Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
Zimbabwe Harare Harare International Airport (HRE)
Zambia Lusaka Lusaka International Airport (LUN)

 

Domestic Destinations

 

Air Tanzania flies to all major cities, as well as numerous smaller airports, across the Tanzania:

 

Country City Airport
Tanzania Arusha Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Tanzania Bukoba Bukoba Airport (BKZ)
Tanzania Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) (HUB)
Tanzania Dodoma Dodoma Airport (DOD)
Tanzania Kigoma Kigoma Airport (TKQ)
Tanzania Mbeya Songwe Airport (MBI)
Tanzania Mwanza Mwanza Airport (MWZ)
Tanzania Songea Songea Airport (SGX)
Tanzania Tabora Tabora Airport (TBO)
Tanzania Zanzibar City Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)

 

 


Air Tanzania Route Map

 

Air Tanzania Route Map

 

Air Tanzania Popular Routes

 

Comoros  dark grey plane icon  Dar es Salaam

 

Comoros  dark grey plane icon  Mtwara

 

Kigoma  dark grey plane icon  Dar es Salaam

 

Mtwara  dark grey plane icon  Hahaya

 

Dar es Salaam  dark grey plane icon  Kigoma

 

Dar es Salaam  dark grey plane icon  Mtwara

 
 
 
 
 

 

Fleet

Air Tanzania has plans to add two Airbus A220-300 to its fleet in the near future and wants to replace their Dash 8-Q300 aircraft with the new Dash 8-Q400 aircraft. As of October 2019, the airline operates a fleet of the following aircraft:

 

NUMBER IN OPERATION AIRCRAFT TYPE NUMBER OF PASSENGER SEATS
2 Airbus A220-300 (To be delivered in 2020) 132 (120 x Economy and 12 x Premium)
1 Boeing 787-8 262 (240 x Economy and 22 x Premium)
1 Dash 8-Q300 (To be replaced by Dash 8-Q300) 50
3 Dash 8-Q400 76 (70 x Economy and 6 x Premium)
1 Fokker 50 50

 

 


 

Hub Airport

Primary Hub: Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) is the international airport of Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. The airport has flights to destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Airlines which use Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) include Air Seychelles, EgyptAir, Kenya Airways, Malawi Airlines (formerly Air Malawi), Precision Air and RwandAir.

The airport has two runways and can handle nearly 4 million passengers each year.

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) is also the hub airport for Flightlink, Fastjet Tanzania and Precision Air.

 

 

Julius Nyerere International Airport

 

 Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons (Roland)