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Air Tanzania (ATCL) back in skies with a Boeing 737-236(A) ZS-SVV, ‘a veteran of skies’!


On October 12th, Air Tanzania returned to skies with a 32 years old Boeing 737-236(A).   ATCL is back after more than two months of suspension due to a dispute over a lease agreement with the Dubai based air services company, Aerovista, owners of the earlier leased Boeing 737-500, 4L - AJB. This time Air Tanzania has leased the B737-236(A) ZS-SVV from South Africa where by it has been in service by Star Air Cargo. ZS-SVV arrived in Dar Es Salaam on 11th of October 2012 in Air Tanzania livery and started its operations the  next day as flight TC 108 to Mwanza.

Boeing 737-236(A) MSN 22030, ZS-SVV in Air Tanzania livery @ Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar Es Salaam.

A brief History of ZS-SVV:
This aircraft was built in 1980 and begun service at British Airtours as G-BGJI. It was then delivered to Caledonian and British Airways using the same registration (G-BGJI), then went to LAN Chile in 1997 already as CC-CZO, then to LADECO, LAN Chile, LAN Express, LAN Airlines and then to Air Comet Chile where it was stored from 10/2008 until 12/2008. It was then delivered to Aerolinea Principal Chile then to PAL principal Airlines and become stored on 08/2010 until 02/2012 then delivered to Star Air Cargo in South Africa and become ZS-SVV. This aircraft is now serving Air Tanzania with same registration.


Aircraft Type
Airline
Engines
Config
Delivered
Remark
G-BGJI
01-10-1980
G-BGJI
05-1983
G-BGJI
28-04-1985
G-BGJI
01-11-1987
G-BGJI
23-04-1988
G-BGJI
05-04-1990
CC-CZO
06-12-1997
CC-CZO
03-1998
CC-CZO
24-09-2002
CC-CZO
08-09-2004
CC-CZO
07-02-2008
CC-CZO
20-04-2009
ZS-SVV
24-02-2012
  aircraft data by: http://www.planespotters.net/

More about ATCL- Aero vista contract:
Air Tanzania has already returned the Boeing 737-500, 4L-AJB to  the lessor  Aero Vista due to the cancellation of the contract. The plane leased from Aero Vista had arrived on Saturday 13th May 2012 at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam as a short-term plan to enhance the firm’s service delivery. Unfortunately things didn't work out fine as it couldn't bring about the intended profit and rather the company realized it was a loss, so they suspended flights then followed by cancelling the contract earlier in august, 2012.

On the other hand, ATCL expects to be back on the other routes using its Dash-8 Q300 plane after the completion of the heavy maintenance exercise that is undergoing at the ATCL’s Hangar at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salam.

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