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MH370: Wing part found in Tanzania 'highly likely' from missing Malaysia Airlines plane

A piece of aircraft debris found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester says. The wing part was brought to Canberra for analysis after it was found by locals on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania last month. "It is highly likely that the latest piece of debris being analysed is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370," Mr Chester said in a statement. "The experts will continue to analyse this piece to assess what information can be determined from it." Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014  with 239 passengers and crew on board shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Investigators have confirmed a piece of  plane debris found on the French island of Reunion  in July 2015 as being part of MH370. They have said several other pieces of  debris found in Mozambique , South Africa and Rodrigues Island, a territory of Mauritius, are li

Bombardier and Government of Tanzania Sign Purchase Agreement for Two Q400 Turboprops

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the Government of Tanzania has signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners. The aircraft will be delivered with a 76-seat, dual-lavatory configuration and will be used for commercial airline operations in the region. Based on the list price of the Q400 airliner, the firm order is valued at approximately US $62 million. “Our Q400 aircraft will provide affordable, convenient and comfortable air transport solutions,” said Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works and Communication, Tanzania. “We are committed to providing state-of-the-art service to our passengers and are keen to expand further as our business grows to include new destinations in Tanzania and the African region. “Tanzania is a large country with some challenging airfields, and the Q400 turboprop’s capability to operate at these airports, its jet-like speed, long-range cruise capability and outstanding turboprop econ

Team hired to restore ATCL’s lost glory

The government will restructure the cash-strapped Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) in an effort to revive it. The BusinessWeek reports that the government has appointed a team of experts to study and recommend the best way to restructure and run the company, according to the Transport permanent secretary, Dr Leonard Chamuriho. He told BusinessWeek here last week that the team is told to come up with the nitty-gritty surrounding ATCL and propose ways of managing it, and the aviation sector as a whole, profitably. It will also look at the right number of employees to run the organization. “We are looking at a small group of about 20 competent staff and not a load of more than 150 working for a company that has just a single airplane,” he said. Reports show that the cash-strapped ATCL generates about Sh300 million a month which is spent on paying salaries to about 166 workers and the remaining amount covers operational costs. The appointed team, he said, comprises members from th


MINISTRY OF WORKS, TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION TANZANIA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY   PUBLIC NOTICE   AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING PROJECTS IN TANZANIA 1.          BACKGROUND   1.1.    This Public Notice is issued pursuant to powers granted to the Director General by the Civil Aviation Act CAP 80[R.E 2006] and the various applicable Civil Aviation Regulations issued under it to ensure specifically safe and secure operations of aircraft and safeguard the interest of the public and their properties from any Civil Aviation undertakings.   1.2.    This notice is issued to inform the public in general of safety measures to be observed when undertaking civil aviation operations inTanzania. The Notice is issued following the Authority’s awareness that there have been individuals/organisations who claim to have the capacity to manufacture aircraft (Helicopter) and are in the process of testing the aircraft contrary to Civil Aviation Regulations and Safety Implementing Standards.   1.3.    O

JNIA Radar is obsolete.

TANZANIA Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has appealed for the purchase of a new surveillance radar as the lifespan of the only one in operation at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam has ended. The TCAA Acting Chief of Air Traffic Management, Mr Gideon Msheri, said yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the radar was purchased in 2002 and its lifespan period is 10 years. “The radar, which is the only airport surveillance instrument in the country, has been in operation for almost 14 years since it was purchased in 2002,” he said, adding that the cost of getting a new one ranges between 12bn/- and 16bn/-. The authority said that it was also essential for the country to consider having at least one radar at the four biggest international airports to ensure full surveillance. According to the TCCA Director General, Mr Hamza Johari, the authority has set aside 8.8m/- in the 2016/17 financial year and the previous year the same amount (8.8m/-) for the purchase of the n

ATR opens new maintenance center

Turboprop manufacturer ATR has opened its new aviation maintenance site at Toulouse-Francazal airfield, after receiving necessary approvals from French civil aviation safety regulator OSAC. ATR decided to invest in Toulouse-Francazal, a military airfield and flight-test center until 2010, in order to secure long-term maintenance, high-quality facilities close to its final assembly line at the southwestern French city’s current main civil airport, Toulouse-Blagnac. Toulouse-Francazal, around seven miles (12 km) from the city center, amalgamates ATR’s Part 145 maintenance activities for all of its customers, incorporating maintenance, servicing and repairs plus related training activities. It will also be able to handle Part 147 on-the-job training activities for airline technicians. ATR teams based at the site will provide services to operators, either in the form of major maintenance work in coordination with the aircraft manufacturer’s design offices, or via secondments to the cust

Kenya Airways sends home 80 staff in retrenchment plan targeting 600.

Kenya Airways has sacked 80 employees in one of the cost-cutting measures expected to yield Sh10 billion in savings a year. About 500 more workers would be sent home in the ongoing redundancies following reduction of the airline’s fleet amid mounting losses. Managing Director Mbuvi Ngunze conveyed the heart-breaking but anticipated news in a statement sent Friday morning. “I want to thank our people affected in this process for their commitment and hard work and wish them every success in their future endeavours,” Mr Ngunze said, adding that it was a painful but critical decision. “The decision communicated above is not made lightly,” he added. It is unlikely that any of the affected employees are pilots, whose powerful union forced out group Human Resource Director Alban Mwendar among other senior managers after staging a crippling strike. Ngunze adds that his firm had issued a retrenchment and redeployment notice on March 31, 2016 as required by law before notifying the employee

Precision Air sets to Resume Flights to Comoros

Precision Air will resume its operations to Hahaya, Comoros from August 2016 following fleet stabilization. The Tanzanian airline halted flights to Hahaya in 2014 while undergoing a strategy review which also involved route rationalization. “We understand there is a demand for transport between Dar es Salaam and Hahaya. As any commercially-oriented entity, we went back to our drawing table and worked on a plan that would allow us to service the route efficiently with our now stable fleet,” Robert Owusu, Commercial Director, Precision Air said. Precision Air will fly three weekly flights from Dar es Salaam to Hahaya, on Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday and offer passengers free 23kgs of check-in luggage. The resumption of the Dar-Hahaya flight is expected to strengthen trade between Tanzania and Comoros and facilitate the movement of passengers from America, Europe and the Middle East. The relaunched route will become Precision Air’s second regional destination after Nairobi. The air