Tanzania signs contract to buy two new Airbus planes

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Dar es Salaam – The Tanzania Government Flight Agency has today Thursday, Spetember 19, signed a purchase contract agreement with Airbus Company to buy new Airbus aircrafts.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Tanzania Government Flight Agency CEO Dr Benjamin Ndimila said this is a great milestone for the country because ATCL will now have more planes for its operations.

“Our President has done a great job in revamping Air Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL) and with the new crafts the business horizon will continue to expand,” he said.

According to Ndimila, the agreement is to purchase two Airbus A220-300 aircrafts.

Africa Tembelea has also learnt that ATCL would soon have a total of 11 aircrafts when they finalise procurement.

According to Ladislaus Matindi, the ATCL managing director, he says the company currently has two, and in October they expect to procure another Boeing and an additional Bombardier in November. With the two aircrafts and others that will soon be signed, the company will have a total of 11 aircrafts, Matindi added.

He further said that the contract for the two aircrafts is different from the others because this one requires the planes to have special features with TV screens for the comfort of the passengers.

Airbus, Vice president sales Africa and Indian Sub Ocean customers Affairs, Hadi Akoum said the company is prviledged to work with ATCL and the trust it has shown in continuing to purchase its aircrafts.

Following the agreemtn signing, the company will embark on building the crafts but because it is a complex equipment, it could take upto one year or a year and a half before the planes are ready.

“We have a huge demand, this year we have sold atleast 200 aircrafts, but we promise to build the aircrafts on time,” Akoum said.

Adding that, Airbus is recognised globally for producing Airbus and a majority of African countries with aviation companies utilise thier planes.

“Our products are accepted world wide for the ability to conserve fuel consumption, comfort as well as reliability.”

Akoum hailed the government of Tanzania for completionof its terminal III airport and observed that it was an excellent plan to develop the aviation sector that would eventually bring in more tourists as well as improve services.

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