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The Tanzanian Government Flight Agency signed firm purchase agreements with Bombardier for two C Series CS300 jets and one Q400 twin turboprop airliner. The agency will lease the aircraft to Air Tanzania. Bombardier Courtesy illustration
The Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA) has signed firm purchase agreements for two Bombardier CS300s single-aisle jets and one Q400 turboprop, Bombardier announced on Friday Dec. 2.
Bombardier will sell the aircraft to the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency, which will lease them to Air Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam, Bombardier says. The deal has a value at list prices of $203 million, it adds.
The CS300s will be outfitted in a dual-class layout and equipped with in-flight wi-fi, and the Q400s will be outfitted with 76 economy seats, Bombardier says.
The Q400 order follows less than three months after two of the same type were delivered to the TGFA, also for operation by Air Tanzania. Like the two earlier examples, the latest aircraft will have an all-economy, 76-seat interior with two lavatories.
The latest orders further boost Air Tanzania, which this year had seen its fleet dwindle to a single Bombardier Dash 8-300, a predecessor of the Q400.
“The domestic market in Tanzania, as well as the regional market, is becoming more competitive as both business and leisure travel are steadily increasing,” the Tanzanian Ministry of Works, Communications and Transport’s Permanent Secretary Leonard Chamuriho said.
Air Tanzania had to offer aircraft that could compete, both in terms of passenger amenities and operational efficiency, he added.
“The CS300 aircraft will allow Air Tanzania to expand both its domestic and regional markets, and it has the range to open new international destinations such as the Middle East and India at the lowest cost,”  Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s VP-sales, Africa and Middle East Jean-Paul Boutibou said. “The CSeries jet aircraft have the right attributes to develop these markets.”

Including this transaction, Bombardier has firm orders for 566 Q400 and 360 CSeries aircraft.

source: atwonline.com, flightglobal.com

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