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Air Tanzania (ATCL) Axes 128 in 'Cleansing' Act.

AIR Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL) has retrenched 128 workers and remains with 172 employees in a move aimed at retaining essential staff only. The Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, said in Dar es Salaam that the idea is to reduce the number to at least 50 staff. "We are continuing with the work of cleansing ATCL and we have managed to reduce the number of staff to 172 from the previous 300. The idea is to retain a small number of up to 50 essential staff," he said. Dr Mwakyembe noted that ATCL still has comprehensive revitalisation plans. He, however, declined to give details but noted that the government was confident that the future would be fine. "We want to remain with a few but essential staff as a way of making ATCL an efficient company and interesting to investors who are eying to enter in partnership with it," he said. The cash-strapped airline currently operates only two Dash-8 Bombardiers but was understood to have a 337-strong workforce. The state-…

Fastjet announces launching of Dar - Mbeya flights; tickets already on sale.

Fastjet, the African budget airline, has announced the launch of their new domestic route between Dar es Salaam and Mbeya, with the first flight taking off on 1st November. According to the announcement, fastjet will be flying between Dar es Salaam and Mbeya 3 times a week with  from just TSh32,000 (excluding tax and charges). Fastjet says they have had a huge demand from customers to launch this route, so would like to thank the government, airport authorities, and all the people involved in making the necessary improvements to Songwe airport which has enabled  the Airbus A319s to land safely. The newly-developed Songwe airport serves not only the city of Mbeya, but also the densely populated cross-border regions of northern Zambia and Malawi. Precision Air and Tropical Air already flies between Dar es Salaam and Mbeya’s established airport (MBI).

Oman Consortium pledges 8-planes as an investment to Air Tanzania.

The Oman Consortium, Al Hayat Development and Investment Company has promised to provide eight new planes to AIR Tanzania Company Limited, popularly known as Air Tanzania, which is the national flag-bearer. During a recently tour of the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA),the Alhayat Development and Investment Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sheikh Salim Al Harthy said that his company would bring in four Embraer175 and four Bombardiers as an investment to Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL).
Sheikh Al Harthy said that "we have come here following an earlier tour to Oman by His Excellency, President Jakaya Kikwete, who asked investors from our country to come and explore the wider range of opportunities available here and we are interested in airline services.” 
Along with the aircrafts, the investors would also train 10 young aircraft maintenance engineers who will also specialize in maintenance of Bombardier and Embraer175.
Sheikh Al Harthy requested th…

Tanzanair plane ditches into lake manyara

Six (6) passengers and one pilot escaped death on thursday after a Tanzanair plane,Beechacraft B200C (twin engines), ditched on lake Manyara due to engine failure during flight. The plane was on its journey to Dar es salaam from Bukoba, northwest region of Tanzania. There were 6 pax and a captain aboard the plane and all of them were rescued and rushed to Selian Hospital in Arusha for treatment. The Arusha Regional police commissioner, Liberatus Sabas, said the accident happened between 8am and 9am. Both engines went off during flight.  According to the witnesses the first engine went off when the plane was at 21000FT above sea level, the pilot then started to descend to Arusha airport and at 14000FT the second engine went off, thus they had lost both engines. The captain thus opted to glide and land at manyara airport but he couldn't even make it thus he ditched onto the lake and passengers evacuated. The passengers were then rescued from the lake through the help of fishermen usi…

State considers Precision Air bailout appeal

The Tanzanian government is considering whether to bail out cash-strapped Precision Air (PW), The Citizen reports.
PW, which was once Tanzania’s fastest growing airline, is struggling under a huge debt burden and has sought a $32 million (about Sh51.2 billion) bailout package from various sources, including the government, to enable it to meet urgent financial obligations, including servicing bank loans and paying aircraft suppliers.
The government, through the Transport ministry, formed a committee last month to look into the airline’s request for financial assistance, according to reliable sources.
The committee met from July 24 to August 4 in Bagamoyo to assess the ailing carrier’s debts and operations and handed over its report to Transport minister Harrison Mwakyembe on August 7.
“We met in Bagamoyo with a view to establishing how PW came to find itself with such huge debts…we also sought to know whether PW could be helped and if it could repay any loan advanced to it,” said a source…

TCAA spends almost 4bn/- on surveillance; resumes sponsorship for the training of pilots.

TANZANIA Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) will procure modern satellite surveillance equipment at 3.8 bn/- in a move to boost aviation safety. According to TCAA Information Officer, Ms Bestina Magutu, the project involves the installation of the Automated Data Surveillance (ADS-B) worth Euro 959,490,000 and Aeronautical Message Handling System (AMHS) worth Euro 621,345,256. Once the project is complete, Tanzania will be among the few African countries using this new technology. Processes to implement the project will commence any time from now, with installation to be completed by early next year. “TCAA has made this move in line with changes in technology in the aviation sector and to counter insecurity in air travel,” said Ms Magutu. She said, once complete, the ADS-B surveillance system will enable ‘flight directors’ follow up on aeroplanes passing over the airspace in the eastern part of the country including the Indian Ocean.
A German company, COMSOFT, won the tender to provide t…

Fastjet starts selling tickets for Dar es salaam to Johannesburg Flights.

Fastjet has announced that tickets for their first international route between Dar es salaam and Johannesburg are now on sale. According to fastjet's blog post, fares on fastjet's first international route start from just 160,000 Tsh (excluding tax and charges) or 1600 ZAR (1045 ZAR plus 555 in government taxes) Flights commence on 27th September and will operate 3x weekly , flying between Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es salaam and O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Permission to launch international flights  from Dar es salaam to South Africa, Zambia and Rwanda were granted to Fastjet by the relevant Governments under the bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASAs) between Tanzania and the other countries.

As we are anxious to see it happening, Let's stay tuned for the inaugural flight in September.