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Precision Air to fly Scheduled Flights to Serengeti effective from 1st October 2017

Tanzania leading airline Precision Air Services PLC, has announced the launch of scheduled flights to Serengeti National Park effective from 1st October 2017. The flights will be from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam direct to Serengeti every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The announcement comes few weeks after the airline announced the launch of scheduled flights to Kahama effective from 5th September 2017.

The announcement found on the airline's website is here quoted:

"Dear Customer,
Effective from 1st October 2017, Precision Air will start operating scheduled flights to Serengeti National Park.

Fly from Zanzibar OR Dar es Salaam direct to Serengeti every Monday,Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy your time in the park or at the beach and let us worry about your flight."

End of quote;

Precision Air seems to spread its wings all over the Tanzanian space providing affordable and reliable air travel services to its customers.

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952, in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps.

PrecisionAir is a public listed (DSEPAL) Tanzanian airline, which is a leader in providing scheduled flight service to over 11 destinations within and outside Tanzania. Operating from its main hub in Dar es Salaam Precision Air flies to Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Mtwara, Kigoma, Tabora, Musoma, Mwanza, Bukoba, Zanzibar and regionally, to Nairobi and Entebbe.


PrecisionAir is a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) which audits the airline every two years to ensure that it complies with global safety standards, a key factor for all its members. It is the only Tanzanian airline that has passed and attained the IATA Operator Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.

The government of Tanzania to purchase a second B787 Dreamliner

For those who were wondering about ATCL being able to run smoothly it's long-haul operations with a single Boeing 787 Dreamliner currently on order...here is what you didn't know,...apparently the government of Tanzania through the ministry of works and transport has set aside the down payment for a second Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Here bellow is an extract of the 2017/18 budget for the ministry of works, transport and communications as presented in the parliament by the minister prof. Makame Mbarawa in which TZS 500,000 million is allocated for finalizing the payment for qnty 2 Bombardier CS300, qnty 1 B787-8 Dreamliner, insurance, training for personnel, start up cost and as well the down payment for another (the second) Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Quote:

174.Mheshimiwa Spika, ujio wa ndege hizo mbili aina ya Bombardier Dash 8 – Q400 pamoja na ile iliyokuwepo aina ya Dash 8 - Q300 umeiwezesha ATCL kutoa huduma za uhakika za usafiri wa anga katika maeneo ya Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kigoma, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Bukoba, Mbeya, Dodoma, Zanzibar na Moroni (Comoro). Kwa kutumia ndege hizo tatu, ATCL inatarajia kupanua huduma zake katika maeneo ya Mtwara, Mpanda, Songea na Tabora kuanzia mwezi Juni 2017. Safari za nchi jirani za Entebbe (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya), Bujumbura (Burundi) na Kigali (Rwanda) zitaanza baada ya kupata ndege ya tatu ya aina ya Bombardier Dash 8 – Q400 Julai 2017. Aidha, mara baada ya ndege aina ya Bombardier CS 300 kuwasili nchini, ATCL itaanza safari za kwenda Afrika ya Magharibi, Afrika ya Kati, Afrika ya Kusini, Mashariki ya Kati na India; na baadae kufanya safari za masafa marefu kwenda China, Ulaya, na Marekani baada ya ndege ya Boeing 787 kuwasili.

SEKTA YA UCHUKUZI Makadirio ya Matumizi ya Kawaida na Bajeti ya Miradi ya Maendeleo:

335. Mheshimiwa Spika, katika mwaka wa fedha 2017/2018, Kampuni ya Ndege (ATCL) imetengewa shilingi milioni 500,000 kwa ajili ya kukamilisha malipo ya ununuzi wa ndege 3 ambapo ndege mbili (2) ni za aina ya CS 300 zenye uwezo wa kubeba abiria 127 kila moja na ndege kubwa moja (1) ya masafa marefu aina ya Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner yenye uwezo wa kubeba abiria 262. Aidha, fedha hizo pia zitatumika kwa ajili ya gharama za bima, mafunzo (marubani, wahandisi na wahudumu), gharama za kuanzia (start up cost) pamoja na malipo ya awali ya ndege nyingine ya aina ya Boeing 787 (Dreamliner).

End of quote. 

Precision Air to launch scheduled flights to Kahama (KBH) starting september 2017.


Tanzania leading airline Precision Air Services PLC, has announced the launch of scheduled flights to Kahama effective from 5th September 2017. 

The announcement was made after a successful test flight to the Kahama airstrip in Shinyanga region.

The test flight performed by Precision Air’s ATR42-500 reg. 5H-PWF took off from Mwanza (MWZ) at around 16:25hrs LT and landed at Kahama (KBH) at 17:00 hrs LT on Sunday 16th July 2017.
Kahama’s District Commissioner, Hon.Fadhili Nkurlu was one of the passengers accompanied the 35min flight from Mwanza.

At Kahama, the flight was received by the management of Acacia, invited guests and the press. Addressing the public, Precision Air’s Corporate Affairs Manager Mr. Hillary Mremi said, Precision Air will start its commercial operations effective from 5th September 2017, initially with three flights a week, every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and strategically increasing the frequency to daily depending on the demand.

Mr. Mremi said “there will be no need for passengers from Shinyanga and Kahama to drive all the way to Mwanza to catch their flight to Dar es Salaam”.

Flights from Kahama are expected to serve time and the cost of travel for the ordinary citizens and traders as well.

“This will go a long way toward the creation of better connectivity throughout the republic, the growth of our hub in Dar es Salaam and the economy of our country. It is our hope that this flight will be the basis of opening up Kahama to the world”, he said.

Mr. Mremi thanked the government through Kahama’s District Commissioner for their continued support.

On the other hand, the management of Acacia mining celebrates the launching of Precision Air’s flights to Kahama. The mining company said flights at Buzwagi will transform the transport links for over 500,000 people of Kahama.



Kahama is a town in northwestern Tanzania. The town serves as the district headquarters of Kahama District. The district is named after the town. Kahama is well known for gold mining.

PrecisionAir is a public listed (DSEPAL) Tanzanian airline, which is a leader in providing scheduled flight service to over 11 destinations within and outside Tanzania. Operating from its main hub in Dar es Salaam Precision Air flies to Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Mtwara, Kigoma, Tabora, Musoma, Mwanza, Bukoba, Zanzibar and regionally, to Nairobi and Entebbe.

PrecisionAir is a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) which audits the airline every two years to ensure that it complies with global safety standards, a key factor for all its members. It is the only Tanzanian airline that has passed and attained the IATA Operator Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.

Sabena technics and Precision Air Extend Their Collaboration

Precision Air, the Tanzania-based airline, has renewed its trust in Sabena technics for the component support of its entire fleet of ATRs. This selection marks the extension of an existing contract signed with Sabena technics in 2010.

Since 2010, Sabena technics has been servicing Precision Air’s ATR fleet from its Dinard site which benefits from a recognized expertise in regional aircraft support. Solutions under the renewed contract include component repair and overhaul as well as pool access with advanced standard exchange components service on the airline’s fleet of nine ATR aircraft (42-500 and 72- 500).

“We would like to thank Precision Air for the renewed trust they placed in our company. We are proud to be a partner to one of the largest operator of ATR aircraft in Africa and we look forward to keep supporting their growth and development”, commented Nasser Skalli Housseini, VP Sales of Sabena technics. « We are delighted to extend our well-established partnership with Sabena technics”, said Gennaro Sicurezza, Technical Consultant of Precision Air.

“We have selected them because of to the quality of their work and standards in terms of safety, quality and efficiency. We look forward to working with them for the next seven years”.

“Sabena technics started in early 1990s to provide ATR global component solutions. Thanks to our worldwide largest in-house component MRO capabilities as well our constantly increased and renewed dedicated pool, we are able to provide our customers with a higher aircraft dispatch reliability and proven cost-efficient solutions” added Philippe Delisle, President of Sabena technics DNR.

Demand drives flydubai to launch Kilimanjaro flights and increase Zanzibar capacity in Oct-2017


flydubai announced (15-Jun-2017) plans to commence three times weekly Dubai-Dar Es Salaam-Kilimanjaro and Dubai-Kilimanjaro services on 29-Oct-2017. The carrier will also increase Zanzibar frequency from three to eight times weekly on 29-Oct-2017, increasing total Tanzania frequency to 14 times weekly and increasing Tanzania capacity by 133% year-on-year. 

Kilimanjaro will be the airline's third destination in Tanzania and its 12th in Africa and flydubai will be the first carrier to operate directly between Kilimanjaro and the UAE. SVP commercial GCC, Subcontinent and Africa Sudhir Sreedharan said: "We expect to see healthy flows of trade and tourism on this route from the GCC and Eastern Europe". 

flydubai began operations to Tanzania in 2014 and has seen a steady growth in passenger numbers. Kilimanjaro will be served with six flights a week three of which are via a stop in the capital, Dar es Salaam. In addition, the carrier will increase direct flights to Zanzibar from three to eight flights a week.

Commenting on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer of flydubai, said: “With the addition of the service to Kilimanjaro and more direct flights to Zanzibar, flydubai will operate 14 flights a week, marking a 133% increase in capacity to the market compared to the previous year. This is a healthy indication of the rising popularity of Tanzania as a preferred tourist destination and we are happy to be connecting the market to Dubai.”
Kilimanjaro International Airport is located between the regions of Kilimanjaro and Arusha in Northern Tanzania. The airport is the major gateway to the Kilimanjaro region, a main international tourism destination that includes Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Only a few international carriers operate to Kilimanjaro and flydubai will be the first airline to provide direct air links from the UAE.
“We are committed to opening up underserved markets and flydubai’s service to Kilimanjaro will introduce more options for travel with a business and economy class service, together with added cargo capacity available through our cargo division. We expect to see healthy flows of trade and tourism on this route from the GCC and Eastern Europe via our hub in Dubai,” said Sudhir Sreedharan, senior vice president commercial (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa).
flydubai has seen a 3.5% increase in passengers numbers traveling between the UAE and Africa in 2016 compared to 2015, a positive record for this emerging market.
flydubai has built up a comprehensive network in Africa with flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum and Port Sudan, as well as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. The 12 points will be served with more than 80 weekly flights for the summer period.
Dubai-based flydubai strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has:
• Created a network of 94 destinations in 44 countries.
• Operates a single fleet type of 58 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft and will take delivery of more than 100 aircraft by the end of 2023.
• Opened up 63 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.

In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.
Source: Saudi Gazettte

Hitit CS is the shining star in Africa: Seven new airlines in two years.


Hitit CS had a strong presence at Aviation Festival Africa 2017. During the conference Hitit CS made two presentations about future airline distribution and passenger service trends. Hitit CS has a proven track record for serving African airlines. Recent customer gains of Hitit in Africa were Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Nouvelair, Tunisie and Air Namibia. Today over 70,000 travel agencies worldwide are using Hitit’s distribution system and more than 50 billion flight queries are being processed each year. In 2016 Hitit’s reservation system counted more than 55.5 million passenger bookings.
In 2016 and 2017 Hitit CS, the IT provider from Turkey has convinced seven African airlines to benefit from its innovative airline solutions. Among these new customers were Air Namibia, Air Tanzania, Precision Air and Nouvel Air. Hitit CS has planned to strengthen its efforts in Africa. One step is the sponsorship of Aviation Festival Africa 2017 in Johannesburg. The company has been represented with high level Hitit professionals from marketing, sales, account services, IT and operations departments.
Hitit’s speakers include Semra Kandemir who addressed about “Airline Distribution in the Uber Age”. Kandemir, graduating with a degree in Engineering in Electronics worked for Turkish Airlines between 1992 and 2009. In 2009 she joined the construction team of the Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul and in 2013 she moved to Hitit CS as IT Director. The other speaker, Emir Esici made a presentation about modern PSS components which consist of passenger service system, reservation & passenger services, internet booking engine, allotment manager, loyalty layer, departure control system and customer care layer. Esici has worked in aviation industry for eleven years at several departments and positions. During his professional life, he served in Gulf Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Qatar Airways. Now he continues his aviation career in Hitit CS as the Account Service Manager.   
Nur Gokman, CEO of Hitit said: “Africa plays a significant role for our community as we are working with airlines from several countries on the continent. Participating in the festival is a perfect opportunity to display our solutions to this dynamic market”.
Aviation Festival Africa is the leading aviation conference on the continent. The two-day-event has been held from 13 until 14 June 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg (South Africa). The festival has been hosting over 2000 attendees, 40 conference speakers, 300 conference delegates and 30 exhibition booths, in addition over 200 airlines and airports have been presented.
Founded in 1994, Hitit Computer Services is a provider of new generation airline, airport and travel industry software products and services that support the most complicated and demanding needs of fast growing industry players. While Crane PAX/DCS address reservation, ticketing, check-in, departure control and loyalty management needs, Crane RA, Crane CA, Crane SP, Crane OCC, Crane CREW and Crane ALM address, respectively, revenue accounting, cost accounting, schedule planning, operation control, crew management and tour operator/charter management services. Renowned for its close partnership with its customers, Hitit receives excellent reception for its products and services as well as its excellent customer care


source: hititcs.com

Flight Price Index 2017: Tanzania among the most expensive countries for flights

Online travel agency Kiwi.com have produced their annual ranking detailing the cost of air travel in 80 countries. As a company which prides itself on offering the best value ticket prices for customers, Kiwi.com undertook the research in order to help make travellers aware of countries that offer good opportunities for affordable travel. Following on from the findings of last year’s Flight Price Index, this round also tracks the changes in the industry, providing a compelling insight into the fluctuating price of air travel around the world.

To calculate the rankings, Kiwi.com analysed over a million flights to find an average price of short-haul and long-haul flights on low cost and full service airlines from each of the countries. Domestic flights were calculated by finding an average airfare from the country’s capital to up to five major cities within the country, or to a major city nearby in a neighbouring country when no domestic flights were available. The price of international travel was calculated based on flights from all international airports within the country, to several international hubs. All flights were checked for the same dates of travel taking into account high and low seasons.

Tanzania ranks in position 42, with an average flight cost of US $14.47 per 100 km of travel, factoring in both short haul and long haul journeys. This compares with the most affordable country, Malaysia, averaging a flight cost of $4.18 per 100 km of travel. At the other end of the ranking, Belgium calculated at a cost over 13 times higher, at $54.63 per 100 km of travel. Tanzania was not included in 2016’s ranking, making 2017 the country’s first appearance in this study.

Major airlines of Tanzania....AirTanzani, Fastjet and PrecisionAir.
The study revealed the 10 countries with the most affordable flights per 100 km:

#
Country
Position
Short-Haul Flights
Long-Haul Flights
Average cost/100 km
Low Cost cost/100 km
Full Service cost/100 km
Low Cost cost/100 km
Full Service cost/100 km
1
Malaysia
$3.59
$5.42
$1.81
$5.90
$4.18
2
Bulgaria
$3.18
$9.68
$1.94
$3.82
$4.65
3
India
$3.88
$4.25
$5.18
$6.51
$4.96
4
Turkey
$4.35
$7.03
$2.81
$10.91
$6.28
5
Romania
$3.04
$13.81
$2.65
$6.34
$6.46
6
Indonesia
$4.17
$4.47
$6.18
$11.13
$6.49
7
Portugal
$3.96
$15.43
$2.61
$3.98
$6.50
8
Thailand
$4.01
$8.23
$4.55
$10.17
$6.74
9
Sweden
$7.40
$15.90
$1.31
$3.22
$6.96
10
Spain
$8.62
$13.79
$1.72
$4.21
$7.08

The 10 countries with the most expensive flights:

#
Country
Position
Short-Haul Flights
Long-Haul Flights
Average cost/100 km
Low Cost cost/100 km
Full Service cost/100 km
Low Cost cost/100 km
Full Service cost/100 km
71
Oman
$50.81
$61.72
$10.72
$10.91
$33.54
72
Lebanon
$65.09
$65.09
$4.77
$12.73
$36.92
73
Austria
$68.84
$68.84
$4.43
$6.11
$37.06
74
Serbia
$74.08
$74.08
$8.23
$8.23
$41.15
75
Solomon Islands
$71.95
$71.95
$14.33
$14.33
$43.14
76
United Arab Emirates
$43.65
$46.07
$38.81
$49.13
$44.42
77
Chile
$12.12
$152.01
$25.00
$25.00
$53.53
78
Qatar
$87.50
$102.32
$12.97
$12.97
$53.94
79
Netherlands
$80.03
$80.03
$14.74
$43.24
$54.51
80
Belgium
$86.29
$86.29
$15.48
$30.45
$54.63

“Ticket prices fluctuate constantly and for many reasons. Some of the changes from one year to the next can be attributed to fuel prices, sociopolitical shifts like Brexit, and recent elections. Egypt and Turkey, for example, saw a decrease in ticket prices because of a decrease in demand as a result of regional turmoil," said Kiwi.com CEO Oliver Dlouhý. "By tracking flight cost by country, travellers have more information with which to choose destinations that allow them to travel further on their budget."

Further findings from the ranking include:
  • Romania offers most affordable domestic flights on low cost airlines, at $3.04 per 100 km of travel
  • Qatar offers the most expensive domestic flights on low cost airlines, at $87.50 per 100 km of travel
  • Brazil offers the most affordable domestic flights on full service airlines, at $3.98 per 100 km
  • Chile offers the most expensive domestic flights on full service airlines, at $152.01 per 100 km
  • Sweden offers the most affordable international flights on low cost airlines, at $1.31 per 100 km
  • The United Arab Emirates offers the most expensive international flight on low cost and full service airlines, at $38.81 and $49.13 per 100 km.
  • Lithuania offers the most affordable international flight on full service airlines, at $2.50 per 100 km.

Full results of the ranking can be found on the results page here: https://www.kiwi.com/stories/flight-price-index-2017/usd/




source: kiwi.com

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