Air Tanzania becomes first African-based A220 operator

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw December 31, 2018 11:48

Air Tanzania becomes first African-based A220 operator

Air Tanzania as become the first African carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft.

“The A220 unrivalled passenger comfort combined with its remarkable performance and economics will be an excellent asset to further develop Air Tanzania’s network,” said Tito Kasambala, Acting CEO, Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA).

The A220 will allow Air Tanzania to further develop its domestic and regional market as well as open new routes to India and the Middle East from its home base Dar es Salaam.

“With the addition of the A220 in our fleet we are confident that we will expand our footprint in the growing African markets and beyond, as we unlock additional routes and regain our position as a key player in the African air transport market,” added Ladislaus Matindi, Managing Director & CEO, Air Tanzania Company Limited.

Air Tanzania becomes the fifth airline globally with an A220 family aircraft.

“After Europe, Asia and America, we are proud to see the A220 fly now also on the African continent and in Air Tanzania’s livery. With over 240 Airbus aircraft flying in Africa and a large network of flight service offices in the region, we are ready to contribute to the airline’s success,” said Philippe Balducchi, CEO of the A220 partnership.

Pratt & Whitney also celebrated delivery of the airline’s first A220 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

“We place trust in aircraft with high reliability, operational versatility and fuel efficiency which is why we selected the A220 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines,” said Matindi. “We are excited to offer our passengers enhanced comfort and more flight options while promoting development and growth in the markets we serve.”

“While Air Tanzania is well known to the Pratt & Whitney family, having previously operated Pratt & Whitney-powered Q300 and Q400 aircraft, we are embarking on a new journey together as they take delivery of their first GTF-powered A220 aircraft,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney. “The impact this airline will make on the region with the operation of these two aircraft is truly notable. The GTF engines offer proven economic and environmental benefits with the ability to fly farther with less fuel, making Air Tanzania’s decision to expand their route network a viable solution. We look forward to growing this relationship together.”

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw December 31, 2018 11:48