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TGFA to Lease New Aircraft to ATCL

Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) will not own the two planes recently purchased by the government for a reported $47 million (Sh103.4 billion), it has emerged. The planes will be owned by the Government Flight Agency (TGFA), which will lease them to ATCL, according to the agency's acting CEO, Mr Raymond Musingi. The airline will enter into an agreement with TGFA to receive and operate the aircraft in a mutually beneficial business model. ATCL will provide crew, pay for insurance and maintain the planes. However, Mr Musingi declined to discuss the finer details of TGFA's deal with ATCL. The first of the 76-seater planes is scheduled to arrive at Julius Nyerere International Airport from Canada tomorrow afternoon. The plane left Canada on Friday and was due to make stopovers in Reykjavík, (Iceland), Southampton, Malta, Luxor and Addis Ababa before landing at JNIA with a crew of four. The second aircraft is expected in the last week of this month, according to govern

Fastjet to cut staff, swap out A319s for E190s in Turnaround plan.

The low cost carrier, fastjet, has issued a letter to all employees notifying them of the compulsory redundancies aiming to align the number of staff with the revised structure and reduction from three to one fastjet operated aircraft. "As part of its strategic turnaround plan, fastjet Airlines Ltd (the Company) has started the process of making organisational and operational changes. As a result of these changes the company has decided to restructure its organisation and reduce the size of the fastjet operated fleet supplemented by wet leased aircraft," reads part of the letter. The company has considered ways in which it may be able to avoid making compulsory redundancies, but after careful consideration of all possible options it does not at present appear to be anything that can reasonably be done to avoid the need to make a number of redundancies. “The redundancy plan is expected to take effect as from 20 th September 2016”, reads the letter. On

Precision Air to resume Comoros operations from 11th October 2016.

Tanzania’s leading Domestic Airline Precision Air will resume its operations to HAHAYA- Comoros effective from 11th October 2016. Flights will be 3x a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a return fare starting from USD 257. Precision Air suspended its flights to HAHAYA earlier in 2014 while undergoing a strategy review which also involved route rationalization. There is a demand for transport between Dar es Salaam – Hahaya. Currently, AB Aviation , a private airline based in the  Comoros , is the only airline that operates on this route. This will be a second regional destination for Precision Air after Nairobi. Domestically Precision Air flies to 11 destinations. From its main Hub Dar es Salaam Precision Air flies to Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Bukoba, Musoma, Tabora, Kigoma, Mtwara, Zanzibar and Pemba.