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TANAPA helicopter crashes in Dar Es Salaam, killing all 4 people on board.

Dar Es Salaam:  A helicopter  ( Robinson R-44 Raven II reg  5H-TWA)  owned and operated by Tanzania National Park Authority has crashed on saturday, killing all 4 people on board. The helicopter went down in  Kipunguni B Moshi Bar,Ukonga-Ilala Dar es Salaam. It was on  on approach to Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA). The  helicopter  worth $500,000 , was recently donated to the Tanzanian government  by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, to  help with anti-poaching operations. "Two pilots from the police force, a civilian pilot and a police officer were kille d Investigations are still underway to establish the cause of the apparent accident. Robinson R-44 Raven II reg  5H-TWA before the crash. photo credit by David Osborn

fastjet celebrates two years of flying Africa’s skies

fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, is celebrating two years of providing low-cost air travel across Africa on 29 November 2014. fastjet began commercial flight operations on 29 November 2012, flying passengers from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro and Mwanza in Tanzania on its A319 aircraft. Since then, the airline has expanded its network with the introduction of its third domestic route to Mbeya in Tanzania, and launched its international route network with flights from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg in South Africa, Lusaka in Zambia, Harare in Zimbabwe and Entebbe in Uganda. To date, the airline has carried over 870,000 passengers on 8,200 flights over a distance of nearly 6.5 million kilometres - with an impressive 90% on time performance during 2014, establishing itself as a punctual, reliable and affordable low-cost carrier. fastjet fares on domestic routes in Tanzania start from as little as US$20 one-way, with international fares costing as little as US$50


Tanzania inaungana na nchi nyingine duniani kuadhimisha siku ya kimataifa ya usafiri wa anga, (International Civil Aviation Day) ambayo huadhimishwa Desemba 7 kila mwaka. Lengo la maadhimisho hayo ni kukuza uewelewa wa wananchi kuhusu sekta ya usafiri wa anga na namna inavyochangia maendeleo ya kiuchumi na kijamii katika mataifa mbalimbali. Mwaka huu siku hiyo inaadhimishwa ikiwa ni miaka sabini (70) tangu kupitishwa na kusainiwa kwa Mkataba wa Kimataifa wa Usafiri wa Anga (maarufu kama  Chicago Convention ) na tangu kuanzishwa kwa Shirika la Kimataifa la Usafiri wa Anga (ICAO).   Kauli mbiu ya maadhimisho kwa mwaka huu ni  “Miongo Saba ya Ushirikiano wa Maendeleo ya Usafiri wa Anga na Kusherehekea Miaka Sabini ya Mkataba wa Kimataifa wa Chikago”. Kwa Kiingreza:  “Celebrating Seven Decades of Cooperative of Air Transport Progress and Celebrating 70 years of Chicago Convections .” Mamlaka ya Usafiri wa Anga (TCAA) kwa kushirikiana na wadau wa sekta wameandaa shugh

Turboprops: Making a Comeback?

If you look at the ramps on the regional sides of hub airports across the United States, you will see two types of 50-seat aircraft  — one, a dying breed, the other, a rising star. The 50-seat market is, like every aspect of aviation, constantly evolving. Regional airlines have, in the past, favored the 50-seat regional jets from Canada’s Bombardier and Brazil’s Embraer for their speed, reliability and overall passenger satisfaction for flying on a jet. So, why are the regionals considering dumping their once-favored regional jets? Enter the turboprop. Regional operators in the United States and around the world are dropping the once popular 50-seater jets in favor of much more fuel-efficient turboprops. Three prominent turboprop operators in the United States — Burlington, Vermont-based CommutAir, Salisbury, Maryland-based Piedmont Airlines and Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Silver Airways — have all found operational success with turboprops, as opposed to regional jets. A Pi

Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport miongoni mwa Viwanja vya ndege vibaya zaidi katika Afrika, 2014.

Kiwanja cha ndege cha kimataifa cha Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Dar es Salaam Tanzania (DAR), kimetajwa katika orodha ya viwanja vya ndege vilivyo vibaya zaidi barani Afrika kwa mwaka 2014.  Picha kwa hisani ya Roland, Kwa mujibu wa matokeo ya utafiti ulioendeshwa na mtandao wa, uwanja wa ndege wa Dar Es Salaam unashika nafasi ya nne (4) kwa ubaya ukitanguliwa na kiwanja cha ndege cha Khartoum International Airport, Sudan (KRT),Kinshasa N’djili International Airport, Democratic Republic of the Congo (FIH), na Tripoli International Airport, Libya (TIP). Utafiti huo hufanyika kwa kukusanya kura zinazopigwa kutoka kwa wasafiri mbalimbali ambao kwa ujumla wana uzoefu wa safari za anga. Ifuatayo ni orodha kamili ya viwanja 10 vibaya zaidi barani Afrika kwa mwaka 2014; Khartoum International Airport , Sudan (KRT) Kinshasa N’djili International Airport , Democratic Republic of the Congo (FIH)  Tripol

flydubai celebrates its rapid expansion in East Africa with two inaugural flights to Tanzania.

Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar touched down yesterday in Tanzania. The new routes further underline flydubai’s rapid expansion in Africa, which has seen the carrier’s network double to 12 destinations this year. flydubai entered the market in 2009 with flights to Djibouti, and in 2011 Addis Ababa became flydubai’s second East African destination. In 2014, flydubai added six new routes to the continent with the start of flights to Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and three destinations in Tanzania. Touch down in Tanzania! flydubai inaugural flight to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar was met yesterday by VIP delegations and African dancers. (photo credit: flydubai) Commenting on the start of flights to Tanzania, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “The United Arab Emirates has recognised the immense potential in the emerging markets of East Africa, like Tanzania. We continue to work diligently to support the travel, trade and tou

Mitsubishi Aircraft Unveils Japan’s First Passenger Jet.

Japan  displayed its first passenger jet after a delay of almost four years, with a helping hand from bullet-train specialists and a schedule to conduct first test flights next year. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. finally rolled out its flagship Mitsubishi Regional Jet   in Nagoya during a livestreamed event on October 18. The jet, which comes in 70- and 90-seat versions, was originally shown as a mockup at the Paris Air Show back in 2007. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet passenger aircraft, developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., stands in a hangar following a rollout ceremony at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works Komaki South Plant in Toyoyama, Japan, on Oct. 18, 2014. The MRJ was launched in March 2008, and the first flight was originally scheduled for the second quarter of 2012. After two delays, the company said the jet’s first flight would be by summer 2015, with deliveries set for summer 2019. Hideaki Omiya, chairman of Mitsubishi Heavy Ind

Precision Air Partners with Jovago to Bring Online Hotel Booking Options on the Airline’s website

Africa’s leading hotel booking website,   has signed a partnership with Tanzania’s Precision Air PLC, one of the region’s leading carrier.  The new partnership will enabletravelers on the Carrier’s website, to access in depth information on hotels, and book accommodation in the various destinations covered by the airline, “this integration creates a one-stop shop for the customer, a great convenience for Precision travelers” said Estelle Verdier-Watine, the Managing Director of  Jovago “We look forward to this partnership having a great impact on passenger satisfaction as they now have access to discounted rates on accommodation” According to Verdier,  Jovago’s  main goal is to promote e-tourism as a frontier in marketing Africa thus, “Anintegral part in meeting this objective is to create or design products that are both efficient and customer-friendly.” Jovago’s new Partnership with Precision Air-one of East Africa’s largest regional air

SAX-Tanzania to launch First Flights in time for Christmas

Fly-SAX, Kenya’s premier safari and private charter airline, is pleased to announce that its fully-owned subsidiary, SAX-Tanzania, the new airline established in Tanzania, is making final preparations to commence flights in time for Christmas this year, subject to receiving regulatory approvals from the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority. “Since we announced our plans to launch the airline earlier this year, we have been working hard to get all the regulatory approvals in place to ensure that during Christmas time, we have an efficient airline servicing Tanzanians as well as international tourists,” said Don Smith, CEO & Founder of Fly-SAX and Fly540 Kenya. “We are in the process of recruiting the crews, sourced locally within the country, and training them to deliver service to international standards, making sure they are ready in time for the Christmas rush.” SAX-Tanzania will be flying Dash 8 Q400 modern turbo prop “business-class” standard 68 seater planes on the routes

16 air hostesses, crew of Pakistan airline disappear in Canada

At least 16 air hostesses and cabin crew members of Pakistan's national carrier have disappeared in the last five months in Canada after going there on international flights. Four air hostesses of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) last month failed to show up for their return flights after disappearing from the hotel in which the flight crew members were staying, Ary News channel reported. At least 16 air hostesses and cabin crew members of Pakistan's national carrier have disappeared in the last five months in Canada. The channel said that a spokesman of the PIA had confirmed that in the last five months air hostesses and women cabin crew members had slipped away after flying to Canada on PIA flights. "Disciplinary departmental action against those who have slipped away has been initiated by PIA while these staffers will also have to face action under international aviation laws," the channel quoted the spokesman as saying. The cash-strapp


The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, (TCAA) was established by the enactment of the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority Act 2003 Cap 80 (R.E 2006) to regulate the civil aviation industry in the United Republic of Tanzania in order to ensure effective implementation of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as provided in the Annexes of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Authority is also responsible for economic regulation of the activities of persons and institutions providing air transport services and aeronautical airport services. In addition the Authority provides air navigation services in Tanzania. To meet this mandate of regulating and overseeing the functions of the aviation industry in an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective manner, TCAA invites applications from suitably qualified Tanzanian Citizens to fill in the following positions in the Divisions of Safety Regulation, Economic Regulation and Corporate Services. A.    DIVISIO