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Coastal Aviation takes steps to ensure safety

Coastal Aviation released a statement regarding steps taken after the recent significant accidents.


Dear Colleague

As promised, I would like to update you on what steps Coastal Aviation is taking in the short term to ensure the safety of our passengers.

As you can imagine, the last few days have been exceedingly busy. We have made decisions as a result of intense internal discussion, but also from looking at the comments we have received from you, our stakeholders. I would like to thank you all for your input and support.

With all of this in mind we have taken a long and hard look at our existing operations aircrew and split the crew into two distinct groups based on experience.

Effective immediately to be classified as an experienced Coastal Captain, you must have in excess of 3000 hours of accident free total flying time (approximately 5 years as a commercial pilot) with in excess of 1000 hours of Pilot in Command of an aircraft in single pilot operations in remote and challenging terrain, with a minimum of 500 of these hours in Tanzania. This group will be the only pilots allowed to fly on their own and will be subject to a full operational route safety check every 2 months to ensure that they are following the rules, (also called our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Normally these checks are every 6 months.

The remaining group of pilots will fly with a Coastal-employed Safety Pilot on board. The Safety Pilot's responsibility will be to assist the Captain in a variety of tasks, but primarily to assist with adherence to SOPs and Checklists for everyone's safety. By extension, this also means a better guest experience.

We have already implemented these changes in our Serengeti Operations and will be implementing the changes across our network this week.

The plan will evolve as we progress. I can assure you it will only evolve in the direction of even greater safety.

There are many other factors and areas we will get the chance to address with time; however, for now, I do not wish to interfere with any third party government investigations.

That being said, we will be commissioning an aviation industry recognized, independent audit team to conduct a full top-down review of our company. We are fully committed to restructuring our operations as to the recommendations that arise out of this process and the current investigations.

These new procedures will have a major effect on the amount of flights we can offer, across our network. Nothing is more important than the safety of our guests. We are fully committed first and foremost to providing safe aviation services and as such, that shall be our first consideration.

We will try, where ever possible to keep the network integrity, but we may need to significantly reduce the capacity we can offer. This may affect some of the bookings that you have made with us. We are working hard to limit the inconvenience of these changes, but we know you understand - our primary motivation will be safety.

I will report back early next week with an update on our restructuring process and to keep you in the overall picture of how our changes are being implemented.

In the meantime, I am available to discuss any and all of this, at any time.

Thank you once again. Your support has been amazing.

Your sincerely

Julian Edmunds
Managing Director

Coastal Aviation CEO speaks over recent significant accidents

Dear Colleague
As you are aware we have recently had two significant accidents, one of which resulted in the loss of life of all on board. The other accident, in October, was no less serious, but thankfully resulted in no loss of life. Two passengers and the Pilot were taken to hospital in Nairobi and subsequently released after 2 nights. I am still in touch with all involved.
Naturally all of us at Coastal are devastated and in a total state of shock. To have one major accident, after so many years of safe operations is bad, but to have another, with such a tragic outcome, so soon afterwards has left us reeling.
We have rightly been accused for poor communication to our trade partners, I put my hand up and take full responsibility for this. The lack of further communication after the October accident was down to my desire to respect the ongoing investigation and the privacy of those involved. Whilst this intention was honourable, I accept that it was not the right decision. I am having to learn fast.
The initial report from the first accident points to an attempted go around in bad weather that was left too late.
The cause of Wednesday’s tragedy is still being investigated and I do not wish to speculate as to why it happened, at this stage, in fear that I prejudice the official investigation. I will not release the passenger or pilot details yet, as the next of kin are still trying to process their loss. I am sure you will respect their privacy.
Coastal Aviation was rightly proud of our safety record, built up over 30 years. I still cannot believe that the two serious occurrences are this year. One thing I can assure you is that we are not sitting idle in trying to
a) find out what happened and
b) making the necessary steps in order to make sure that this never happens again.
What are we doing?
The first thing we are doing is appointing an external investigator to come and assess every single aspect of our business. These will include:
Flight Operations
Safety Management System
Maintenance
Training
Pilot Recruitment
Crew composition, experience and Workload
Our Management structure and effectiveness.
These investigations take time and will result in many changes and improvements, we may become a very different operation in our quest for the greatest level of safety assurance achievable. During this process we pledge to keep you, our valued partners informed at all times, as it may result in material changes in the products and services we offer.
The investigation will address the medium and long terms changes that are required.
In order to address the short term and immediate needs, I am chairing a meeting with our heads of departments tomorrow morning to make immediate changes and other short-term measures. The results of this meeting will be fully communicated with you by 09:00 EAT on Monday. Many of the changes will already be in place.
We have created a dedicated email address communication
This is to assist us in communicating with our industry partners more effectively and timeously.
Lastly, but by no means least I would like to thank the industry at large for the messages of love and support we have received, they mean a huge amount to all of us.
Your sincerely
Julian Edmunds
Managing Director

TANZANIA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY SPONSORSHIP FOR PILOT TRAINING


The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority invites candidates to be sponsored by the Training Fund for pilot training for the financial year 2017/2018.

The candidate should meet the following criteria:

(i)            She/he must be a Tanzanian citizen;
(ii)          able to communicate thoroughly in spoken and written English
(iii)         must not be older than 25 years at the time of application
(iv)         outgoing and of a strong character, with a conviction and adaption  
             to a high risk industry/environment
(v)          Must be a graduate of Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree
Please note the shortlisted candidates must sit for and pass a written aptitude test followed by an oral interview. Furthermore, they will be required to undergo medical examination to establish their fitness to undertake such training. All tests and medical examinations will be undertaken by qualified technical personnel and designated medical examiners. Also, all applicants must submit certified copies of their relevant certificates including birth certificates.

Deadline of this application will be on 8 December 2017.
Issued by:
The Training Fund Committee
Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority
Aviation House, Banana Ukonga
P.O. Box 2819,
DAR ES SALAAM

ABOUT TCAA
The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (the Authority) was established on 1 November 2003 as a corporate body, pursuant to the Civil Aviation Act, Cap. 80 (R.E. 2006).

The Act mandates the Authority to provide safety, security and economic oversight of the civil aviation industry in Tanzania. The regulated services fall in three categories: air transport services, aeronautical airport services (airside airport operations, ground handling, in-flight catering and aviation fuelling) and air navigation services.  In addition the Authority provides air navigation services in Tanzania.

Subsequent to its establishment, the Authority also established the TCAA Training Fund pursuant to section 3 (1) of the Civil Aviation (Contribution and Administration of the Training Fund) Regulations as amended.  The main purpose of the fund among others is to train Tanzanians in aviation specialities such as Pilot Training.

Ethiopian Goes Fully Digital


Flying even more greener; Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has fully digitalized all its business processes like aircraft maintenance and Flight Operations, Commercial Operations, Finance, HRM, Customer Services, Procurement and supply Chain Management, Online learning, management approvals and authorizations etc… by removing paper from the entire system as of September 28, 2017.

Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said; “Although we started the digitization project in the last few years, today marks an important milestone in our history as we are removing paper from our entire business processes. Leading in the Digital Revolution and leveraging on the latest advancement in the Information and Communication technology of the global airline industry, Ethiopian will scale up its operational Excellence, Customer intimacy and cost leadership strategies. ICT will enable us to deliver customized global standard customer services as per the preferences of each and every customer.
We are living in the fourth industrial Revolution which is fundamentally different from the previous industrial revolutions specially in the speed of change and disruptions and our continued success depends on our strategic response and our abilities to adapt to the velocity, breadth and depth and scale of the quantum changes coming our way. To this effect, we have embedded digitization in our organizational operating system with our valued customers in our mind.”
From the perspective of pursuing environmentally friendly operation, it is worth mentioning that Ethiopian operates the youngest, latest aviation technology and most environmental friendly fleets with less carbon emission to the environment.
About Ethiopian
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 100 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Express & Ancillary Services; Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; ET In-flight Catering; and Ethiopian Ground Services. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

New Board Chairman appointed for Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO).


President John Magufuli has just overhauled the Board of Directors in charge of managing the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO), the public firm responsible for handling the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).
According to an official dispatch signed on Monday by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Dr Leonard M. Chamuhiro, the directive to that effect came through the Minister in charge of the portfolio, Prof Makame Mbarawa, who has appointed, Mr Gregory George Teu the new KADCO Board Chairman.
"The new appointment is in accordance with the 'Public Corporation Act Cap 257 R.E. 2002/ sect 9(1) and (2)' and therefore Mr Teu's recruitment takes immediate effect," reads part of the statement from the Permanent Secretary, Dr Chamuhiro sent on 16th of October 2017.
Under the changes, Mr Gregory George Teu (66) replaces Ambassador Hassan Gumbo Kibelloh, who headed the former Board of Directors at KADCO. In turn, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Mbarawa has revoked the appointment of Mr Suleiman Suleiman who used to serve in the dismissed board panel.
The Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO) manages the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), which is the country's second largest and second busiest terminal after Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport (JKNIA) of Dar-es-salaam.
The Kilimanjaro International Airport, dubbed the 'safest' terminal in East Africa, is strategically located about halfway between Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions and since these are the main tourist portals in the north, KIA with annual passenger flow of 600,000 travellers and handling more than 16 airlines, the terminal remains Tanzania's major tourists' landing spot.
Kilimanjaro International Airport has direct flight connections to Europe, the Middle East and several destinations on the African continent. Some of the international airlines using the airport are KLM, Edelweiss Air, Condor Air, Turkish Airline, Qatar, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, Rwandair, Fastjet and Precision Air.

In 2013, Kilimanjaro Airport was declared overall winner of the 'Routes Africa Airport Marketing Award,' which is highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry as they are voted for and judged by the airline industry.

Source: allafrica.com

Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Airbus to acquire majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership
·         Partnership brings together two complementary product lines, with 100-150 seat market segment expected to represent more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years
·         Combination of Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest aircraft family to create significant value for customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders
·         Significant C Series production costs savings anticipated by leveraging Airbus’ supply chain expertise
·         Commitment to Québec: C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership headquarters and primary assembly to remain in Québec, with the support of both companies’ global supply chains
·         Airbus’ global industrial footprint expands with the C Series Final Assembly Line in Canada, resulting in a positive impact on operations in Québec and across the country
·         Growing market for C Series results in second Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama, serving U.S. customers


Amsterdam / Montreal, 16 October 2017 – Airbus SE (EPA: AIR) and Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B) are to become partners on the C Series aircraft programme. A corresponding agreement was signed today.  The agreement brings together Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest, state-of-the-art jet aircraft family, positioning both partners to fully unlock the value of the C Series platform and create significant new value for customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders.
Under the agreement, Airbus will provide procurement, sales and marketing, and customer support expertise to the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP), the entity that manufactures and sells the C Series. At closing, Airbus will acquire a 50.01% interest in CSALP. Bombardier and Investissement Québec (IQ) will own approximately 31% and 19% respectively.
CSALP’s headquarters and primary assembly line and related functions will remain in Québec, with the support of Airbus’ global reach and scale. Airbus’ global industrial footprint will expand with the Final Assembly Line in Canada and additional C Series production at Airbus’ manufacturing site in Alabama, U.S. This strengthening of the programme and global cooperation will have positive effects on Québec and Canadian aerospace operations.
The single aisle market is a key growth driver, representing 70% of the expected global future demand for aircraft. Ranging from 100 to 150 seats, the C Series is highly complementary to Airbus’ existing single aisle aircraft portfolio, which focuses on the higher end of the single-aisle business (150-240 seats). The world class sales, marketing and support networks that Airbus brings into the venture are expected to strengthen and accelerate the C Series’ commercial momentum.  Additionally, Airbus’ supply chain expertise is expected to generate significant C Series production cost savings.
Airbus is strongly committed to Canada and its aerospace sector with Canadian suppliers extending their access to Airbus’ global supply chain. This new C Series partnership is set to secure jobs in Canada for many years to come.
"This is a win-win for everybody! The C Series, with its state-of-the-art design and great economics, is a great fit with our existing single-aisle aircraft family and rapidly extends our product offering into a fast growing market sector. I have no doubt that our partnership with Bombardier will boost sales and the value of this programme tremendously,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. "Not only will this partnership secure the C Series and its industrial operations in Canada, the U.K. and China, but we also bring new jobs to the U.S. Airbus will benefit from strengthening its product portfolio in the high-volume single-aisle market, offering superior value to our airline customers worldwide."
“We are very pleased to welcome Airbus to the C Series programme,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc.  “Airbus is the perfect partner for us, Québec and Canada. Their global scale, strong customer relationships and operational expertise are key ingredients for unleashing the full value of the C Series. This partnership should more than double the value of the C Series programme and ensures our remarkable game-changing aircraft realizes its full potential.”
“The arrival of Airbus as a strategic partner today will ensure the sustainability and growth of the C Series programme, as well as consolidating the entire Québec aerospace cluster. In the current context, the partnership with Airbus is, for us, the best solution to ensure the maintenance and creation of jobs in this strategic sector of the Québec economy," said Québec’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for Digital Strategy, Dominique Anglade.
Ownership Structure and Agreement Highlights
The C Series programme is operated by CSALP in respect of which Bombardier and IQ respectively hold approximately a 62% and a 38% interest.  The Investment Agreement contemplates Airbus acquiring a 50.01% interest in CSALP. Airbus will enter into commercial agreements relating to (i) sales and marketing support services for the C Series, (ii) management of procurement, which will include leading negotiations to improve CSALP level supplier agreements, and (iii) customer support. At closing, there will be no cash contribution by any of the partners, nor will CSALP assume any financial debt. It also contemplates that Bombardier will continue with its current funding plan of CSALP and will fund, if required, the cash shortfalls of CSALP during the first year following the closing up to a maximum amount of US$350 million, and during the second and third years following the closing up to a maximum aggregate amount of US$350 million over both years, in consideration for non-voting participating shares of CSALP with cumulative annual dividends of 2%, with any excess shortfall during such periods to be shared proportionately amongst Class A shareholders.
Airbus will benefit from call rights in respect of all of Bombardier’s interest in CSALP at fair market value, with the amount for non-voting participating shares used by Bombardier capped at the invested amount plus accrued but unpaid dividends, including a call right exercisable no earlier than 7.5 years following the closing, except in the event of certain changes in the control of Bombardier, in which case the right is accelerated. Bombardier will benefit from a corresponding put right whereby it could require that Airbus acquire its interest at fair market value after the expiry of the same period. IQ’s interest is redeemable at fair market value by CSALP, under certain conditions, starting in 2023. IQ will also benefit from tag along rights in connection with a sale by Bombardier of its interest in the partnership.
The Board of Directors of CSALP will initially consist of seven directors, four of whom will be proposed by Airbus, two of whom will be proposed by Bombardier, and one of whom will be proposed by IQ.  Airbus will be entitled to name the Chairman of CSALP. 
Subject to obtaining the required approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange, the transaction also provides for the issuance to Airbus, upon closing, of warrants exercisable to acquire up to 100,000,000 Class B Shares (subordinate voting) of Bombardier (representing approximately 5% of the aggregate issued and outstanding Class A Shares (multiple voting) and Class B Shares of Bombardier on a fully-diluted basis, and approximately 5% of the aggregate issued and outstanding Class A Shares and Class B Shares on a non-diluted basis), at an exercise price per share equal to the US$ equivalent of C$2.29, which represents the volume-weighted average price of the Class B Shares over the five trading days ending Friday, 13 October 2017. The warrants will have a five-year term from the date of issue, will not be listed and will provide for market standard adjustment provisions, including in the event of corporate changes, stock splits, non-cash dividends, distributions of rights, options or warrants to all or substantially all shareholders or consolidations.
The issuance of the warrants and their terms were negotiated between Bombardier and Airbus at arm’s length and will not materially affect control of Bombardier. Security holder approval will be required under Toronto Stock Exchange rules due to the fact that the warrants will be issued later than 45 days from the date upon which the exercise price was established. Such approval is expected to be obtained by way of written consent of shareholders holding more than 50% of the voting rights attached to all of Bombardier’s issued and outstanding shares.
The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both Airbus and Bombardier, as well as the Cabinet of the Government of Québec. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals, as well as other conditions usual in this type of transaction. There are no guarantees that the transaction will be completed and that the conditions to which it is subject would be met. Completion of the transaction is currently expected for the second half of 2018.

Source: Airbus

Fastjet gets ready to welcome new aircraft Embraer E190 and launches Asante Tanzania campaign and better customer service.


Team fastjet is looking forward to launching its new Embraer E190 fleet soon. The new, modern aircraft arrives in Tanzania this week and will await regulatory approvals after which its launch flight will take place. The aircraft replaces the Airbus A319 which has now gone out of service. The second Embraer E190 is expected toward mid-November. In-between the first flight of the new aircraft and the exit of the old, fastjet will be flying an interim schedule that impacts flights between Mbeya and Dar es Salaam. In addition, fastjet has also launched a plan to greatly improve its customer service.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming the new Embraer E190 aircraft,” says fastjet Tanzania spokesperson Lucy Mbogoro. “It is modern, comfortable and very reliable.” Mbogoro adds that fastjet intends to reclaim its position as one of the continent’s most on-time airlines following the recent cancellations due to technical challenges. “As our new fleet rolls out along with our improved customer service plans, fastjet plans to remain Tanzania’s most punctual airline as well as fulfilling its ideal as the airline for everyone.”

Part of fastjet’s new customer service approach includes email surveys for suggestions and feedback from all passengers, improved Facebook, Twitter and Instagram response times as well as on-board and airport service standards. “It is important that we are there for our customers every step of the way. That we listen and engage. Our passengers in Tanzania are very important to us and the Asante Tanzania campaign is the first step for us in thanking everyone for five years of support, and for a future, together.”

“While we have had to move our schedule around a little bit, with Mbeya flights unfortunately impacted for a couple of weeks, Tanzania has brand new jets to look forward to and the E190’s will be well worth the wait,” says Mbogoro. Flights between Mbeya and Dar es Salaam are expected to resume at the end of October, operated by the new Embraer E190 aircraft, and timed with the full launch of fastjet’s Asante Tanzania campaign and customer service refresh.
 

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.

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