With two new Bombardier DHC-8-Q400NG in the fleet, Air Tanzania operates services
Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Mtwara, Mwanza, Tabora, Zanzibar
and Moroni Haya, Comores.
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WHY THE THIRD AIRTANZANIA BOMBARDIER Q400NG WAS CON-
FISCATED IN CANADA OVER GOVERMENTS DEBTS:
Reports are now filtering in that it was a long standing and unpaid international debt by the government of Tanzania
which prompted the creditor to seize the aircraft in Canada before it could take off for the ferry flight to Dar es
Salaam. If that depts will not be paid, the Bombardier CS300's or even the Boeing 787-8 will face the same fate.
The plans to expand the domestic and international services to i.e. Nairobi, Kigali and Bujumbura have to be
delayed until any other aircraft (i.e. 5H-MWF) will be added to the fleet.
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Air Tanzania DHC-8-Q400NG 5H-TCB flight TC210 at Dar es Salaam International Airport hub
(DAR) bound for Moroni Haya, Comores(HZH).
Air Tanzania DHC-8-Q400NG 5H-TCB flight TC105 at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) bound for
Dar es Salaam via Zanzibar (ZNZ).
Photo: Josep Nujabes Shibuya
AirTanzania DHC-8-Q400 NG 5H-TCD at Mwanza
Airport (MWZ). ATCL will operate this
service as TC101/103
AirTanzania DHC-8-Q400 NG 5H-TCD at Mbeya Songwe
Airport (MBI). ATCL will operate this
service as TC106/107 FRI/SAT/SUN or TC2106/2107 via Kigoma TKQ.
Photo: Noel Komba
AirTanzania DHC-8-Q400NG 5H-TCB lining up on runway at Dodoma Airport (DOD) runway.
ATCL will operate this service as TC108.
Air Tanzania DHC-8-Q400NG 5H-TCB arrives to Tabora airport (TBO), flight TC109 via Dodoma.
Air Tanzania DHC-8-Q400NG 5H-TCD flight TC116 (DAR/SGX/MYW) at Songea Airport (SGX), bound for Mtwara.
AirTanzania DHC-8-Q400NG 5H-TCD at Mtwara Airport (MYW). ATCL will operate this service
as TC116 via Songea (SGX).
AirTanzania DHC-8-Q400NG 5H-TCD arriving Bukoba Airport (BKZ). ATCL will operate this
service as TC100 via Mwanza (MWZ).
Air Tanzania DHC-8-Q400NG 5H-TCB arrives to Pemba airport (PMA) as a Presidential flight.
SAMCO Aircraft Manitenance, we are busy in Dar es Salaam, Zurich and Stockholm.
Last year Air Tanzania received two brand new Bombardier Q400NextGen’s and a third is on order
ready to be delivery in August. Air Tanzania will probably try to trade the aged 5H-MWF Q300 air- craft (which is grounded awaiting heavy service) as a deal to finance the third new Bombardier Q400NG (5H-TCE)
AirTanzania DHC-8-Q300 5H-MWF awaiting to be traded or undergo heavy service in the ATCL-
hangar at its homebase.
Air Tanzania Fleet 2017!
Air Tanzania Bombardier DHC8-fleet at Dar es Salaam International Airport
Air Tanzania Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG, 5H-TCD
Air Tanzania Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG, 5H-TCB arriving Zanzibar.
The Air Tanzania Bombardier DHC-300 5H-MWF has been on ground for quite some time now due to
technical issues and it seems there were negotiations btn ATCL and Bombardier on the possibilities of
selling it with exchange probably for the new DHC-Q400NG, 5H-TCD.
Before receiving the two new Bombardier DHC8-Q402NGs, ATCL operated a single
Bombardier DHC8-Q300 Dash 8 and a leased Canadair CRJ-100 on scheduled flights
to Kigoma and the Comoros islands from their hub in Dar es Salaam.
Air Tanzania seen at!
Air Tanzania DHCQ300 5H-MWF at Tabora airport 2013.
Corporation (ATC), the Tanzanian flag-carrier, was established on
11 th March, 1977 to operate the services suspended following the collapse of East
African Airways (EAA), which was owned jointly by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
In the initial moment, the airline had to lease a Douglas DC-9-32, 5Y-ALR (an for- mer aircraft belonging to East African Airways fleet) from the Kenyan Governments
newly start up airline Kenya Airways.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
DC-9-32 5Y-ALR prior delivery to Air Tanzania 1977 (colour scheme imagination).xx
A Boeing 720-022 N62215 was also leased from Caledonian Airlines INC in December
1979. However, it was discovered far too late that the lessor had reduced the contract
regarding the number of passengers the aircraft was allowed to transport, only 28 pas-
sengers. Air Tanzania was forced to terminate the doubtfull contact after 3 months.
Air Tanzania in the first coulour scheme 1977
Fokker F27-600, PH-EXC c/n 10566 prior delivery to Air Tanzania as 5H-MPT. Here
seen at Schiphol,
Amsterdam 1977. (Photo: Werner Fishdick)
DeHavilland Canada DHC6 Twinn Otter 300 5H-MRB c/n 579 prior delivery to Air
Tanzania in May1978.
Here seen at Toronto-Downsview, Ontario, Canada.
New colour scheme 1978
Boeing 707-320, N762TW c/n 17675 "Ngorongoro Crater" 1980 at Zurich International Airport. This is
flight TC 610 DAR - ZRH - LGW. The a/c was written of after an accident at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
1981 and was broken up, 1994.
Boeing 737-2R8C (Adv), 5H-ATC c/n 21710 "Kilimanjaro" delivered in December 1978 wearing the at-
tractive colours of Air Tanzania which were based on the national flag here seen at Kilimanjaro Internat-
ional Airport, November 6, 1982.
Regular and domesic flights followed by useing Boeings 737-200s and Fokker F27sand adding De Havil-
land DHC-6 "Twin Otters" to its fleet for domestic services from Kilimanjaro.
Fokker F27-600RF Friendship 5H-MPU c/n 10569, at Dar es Salaam International Airport 1981.
Photo: Tony Edlind Collection/AirTeamImages.com
DeHavilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 5H-MRB c/n 579 1981 at Luqa Malta International aiport (MLA).
Photo: Joseph Tonna
During 1980/81 the airline operated international/regional flights from Dar es Salaam to Athens (707),
Antanarivo (737), Bombay (707) Bujumbura (737, Cairo (707), Frankfurt (707), Kigali (737), London
Gatwick (707),Mahe(737),Maputo (737), Mauritius (737), Moroni (FKF),Muscat(737) and Rome (707)
From summer schedules 1981 flights were operated by the Boeing 707-320 (N762TW) to Egypt-Europe,
U.A.E, -Pakistan-India but theese flights were cancelled when the aircraft was involved in an accident at
Dar es Salaam. Details of this accident are unknown). The carrier also leased a single Boeing 720-022
c/n 18080, N62215 an ex Transair, Bahamas and owned by Calidonian Airlines Inc. for a short period
of three months (12/79 - 2/80) to operte on their routes.
(unknown). Due to unknown circumstances the
aircraft was seen for a long time stored (wfu) at the Kilimanjaro Airport
and was scrapped there by the
Due to decreased traffic, two of the F27s (reg. unknown)were removed from services in 1981, but were
returned two years later only to be removed again in 1984xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
26 February 1982. 5H-ATC Boeing 737-2R8C. Five haijackers demanded on a flight from Mwanza to
Dar es Salaam to be taken to th UK.The aircraft was refuled at Jeddah and in Athens two passengers
were released). Final destination was Stansted.
0/ Occupants 89.
In December Air Tanzania lunched their inagurationflight, a new service to Muscat, Oman by useing
their their Boeing 737 5H-ATC. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
20 Deember 1984. 5H-MRD Twin Otter.The aircraft went into a spin and crashed on
the approch to
Kerge. The pilot had lost control possibly due to attention diverted to left engine fire. xxxxxxxxxxx
Fatalities: 3/ Occupants 3. The aircraft was written off.xxxxxxxxxxx
13 February 1988. Boeing 737-2R8C. Two (2) hijackers demanded on a flight from Dar es Salaam to
Nairobi to be taken to the UK, Stanstead.The plane was stormed and the haijacers were arrested. The
duration of the haijack was two days.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Fatalities: 0/ Occupants 2.
3 May 1990. 5H-MRB Twin Otter involved in a minor accident at Dodoma. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Fatalities: 0/Occupants 3.
Photo: Tony Edlind Collection
The airline leased a single Boeing 767-200 1991/1992 from Ethiopian Airlines but this aircraft was to
large and uneconomical and the airline had to dispose it to the lessor.
12 December 1993. 5H-MPT Fokker F27. The undercarriage collappsed on touchdown
following a flap-
less approach to land on Dar es Sallam International Airport. The aircraft sustained major structrual.
aircraft was written off damage to the fuselage and was witdrawn from use and used for spares. The air-
craft was written off.
In May1994,Shannon Aerospace of Ireland was hired to maintain the two Boeing-200s. The fleet 1994
incorporated two Boeing 737-200Cs, three de Havilland DHC-6 Twinn Otter 300s and three Fokker
F27-600. The airline's intention was to replace the older 737 with newer models and replace the F27s
with two Fokker 50s.
International destinations included: Bujumbura, Djibouti, Entebbe, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg,
Kigali, Lilongwe, London, Lusaka and Muscat. Operations to Johannesburg were operated by Air
Malawi for the airline.
Air Tanzania participates in discussion to be a 10 percent shareholder in the Alliance Partnership,
Alliance Air later known as SA Alliance, an airline based at Entebbe International Airport in Entebbe
Kampala, Uganda. It was set up in 1994 as an entity jointlyowned airline by Air Tanzania, South
African Airways and Uganda Airlines in order to compete with major international airlines. The
carrier operated a singel Boeing 747SP leased from South African Airlines between East Africa and
This venture ceased operations in October 2000, after accumulating losses of about US $50 million
Boeing 747SP-44, ZS-SPA cn 211321/280 1997
Air Tanzania was privatized in late 1998 and the plans to be fully merged into Alliance Air failded. Alliance Air
operations ended in 1999 due to heavy depts. Alliance Air served Dar es Salaam, Kiliminjaro and London-
Heathrow from Entebbe. Due to this, the plans were cancelled and the
airline remained stateowned. The airline
was originally wholly owned by the Tanzanian government and via Air Tanzania
Corporation (ATC). Meanwhile
the Boeing 737-200, 5H-ATC was due
for C-check, the carrier leased a Boeing 737-300 XA-SWO from TAESA
on a short term basis.
Boeing 737-300, XA-SWO c/n 27284 "Ngorongoro" 1999 at Dubai International Airport leased from
(Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos), Brazil during 1998/1999. Photo: Chris Doggett
Boeing 737-300, 5H-TCA c/n 24790 "Ngorongoro" 2001 at Kilimanjaro International Airport. This air craft flies
by the Egyptian Karthago Airlines as TS-IEE since June, 2003.
. Photo: Tony Edlind
This Dornier 208-201 ZS-OVM c/n 8056 was leased from South African Airways,here seen 2002 at
Zanzibar International Airport.
Photo: G. Paulo Colombo
This former - Olympic Airways - Boeing 720-051B, SX-DBN cn18668 here
seen at Athens/Hellinikon (HEW/LGAT) was due for lease to Air Tanzania.
and Air Guinee Express 1980 - 1981 but the contracts were never taken up.
The aircraft was stored in Athens to 1981 and sold to Aeronica and was
rried to MIA and was broken up in 1991.
Photo: George Pantalos collection
This former British Island Airways McDonnell Douglas MD-83 cn 49643/
1423 was leased by Air Tanzania during 1989. Here seen as N-945AS Areo
Mexico at Phonix - Sky - Harbour Int. (PHX/KPHX) in 2005.Photo: Robin
Guess AZ Action, Photo collection
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The venture Air Tanzania/South African Airways
Boeing 737-236 Adv. 5H-MUZ c/n 22029 in the new SAA-group subsidiary colour scheme at Johannes-
burg, South Africa 2003.
Photo: Ringo Chui
In February 2002, the government began the process of privatizing the airline and advertisments were
placed in the local, regional and international media inviting potential bidders. Four airlines of eight
bidders carried out diligence; South African Airways (SAA), Kenya Airways, Comair and Nationwide.
The government selected SAA as the winning bidder.In December the same year, SAA signed an agree-
ment with the government and purchased a 49% stake in ATC.
The two Boeing 737-2R8C(Adv) aircrafts 5H-ATC and 5H-MRK were withdrawn from service and
were transfered to South Africa. SAAs plans were to renew the fleet by Boeing 737-800s but the fleet
was "renewed" by four old Boeing 737-200s, two Fokker F-28s and two De Haviland Dash 8-315.
The SAA-plans were to renew the fleet by Boeing 737-800sbut the fleet was instead updated by four old Boeing-737-200s.
One of the domestic carrier, Fokker F-28 4000 Fellowship
ZS-JAS c/n 11225 here seen at Dar es Salaam International Airport on 10th August 2004.
Photo: Hannes Meyer
De Haviland Dash 8-315 ZS-NMA c/n 358 one of the domestic
carriers prior to delivery to Air Tanzania at Johannesburg, Jan Smutz International airport,
South Africa on 10th April 2004.
Photo: Hannes Meyer
Was this possibly the future of Air Tanzania Boeing 767-300 in a smart
Design: peteking design
On 31st Januari 2005, Air Tanzanaia suspended one of its few regional services from Dar es Salaam to
Nairobi, Kenya, following intense competition from Kenya Airways on the route.
The same year Air Tanzania recorded a pre-tax loss of almost USD 7,3 million in its first year of the
privatisation and part ownership by SAA. The loss was mainly attributed to the inability to expand
the network as quickly and extensively as originaly planned. It had been hoped to launch services to
Dubai,India and Europe but these had been delayed as there were only Boeing 737-200s in the fleet.
The development of Dar es Salaam International Airport as a hub for SAA alliance had also not pro-
ceeded as planned.
The government of Tanzania bought back on 7th September 2006 the 49 per cent stake in ATC for USD
1 mil. hence officially terminating its partnership with SAA. The venture collapsed due to the
different interests in the business. Two Boeing 737-247 Adv, 5H-MVV and 5H-MVZ were leased from
Celtic Capital Air Corporation, Canada on a two years contract at 50 000 US dollars each per month.
Boeing 737-247 Adv. 5H-MVV c/n 23602 at Johannesburg, South Africa Feb.3, 2008.
Photo: Jacobus Saayman
Boeing 737-2R8C(Adv), 5H-ATC c/n 21710 "Kilimanjaro" seen here stored at Johannesburg - Lanseria,
March 20, 2009. In 2007 the fin was repainted in allwhite colour but the SAA-loggo "Air Tanzania" was
kept. In 2010 the aircraft was again repainted in an allwhite coulour with a smart light blue strip and
reregistred ZS-SMX, Bionic Aviation. The aircraft was last seen in Lagos/Angola in JED titles (cargo)2011
with the registration 5N-BMS.
Photo: Maarten Visser.
The sistership, Boeing 737-2R8C (Adv), 5H-MRK c/n 21711 "Ngorongoro" was reregistered as ZS-OWM
and leased to Air Namibia in 1999. In 2002 it was transfered to Trans Air Congo and in 2004 to Exe-
cutive Aerospace. In 2004 it was sold to Falconbridge Ltd, Canada as C-FFAL and then in 2007 to Xstrata
Nickel after the take-over from Falconbridge. The aircraft is based at Toronto International Airport.
Air Tanzania "Wings of Kilimanjaro"
Airbus A320-214. 5H-MWH c/n 630 at Johannesburg, South Africa Feb.3, 2008.
Photo: Sean Mowatt
Air Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL "Wings of Kilimanjaro" was relaunched in September 2007 after the
dissulution of the partnership with South African Airways (SAA).The "new" airlines inagural flight went
to Mwanza from Dar es Salaam via Kilimanjaro.
The introduction of the airline's new logo bears the image of the national symbol, "The Giraffe", to re-
place the SAA flag symbol. The "new" aircraft in the fleet, the Airbus A320 was leased from Wallis Trading Company on a six years contract.
The Airbus leasing in October 2007 was in line with preparations for what was expected to be a divest-
iture of ATCL, which was to be partly sold to Chinese company Sonangol, which never signed a formal
contractual agreement with the Government. But it had pledged to buy ATCL not less than five Airbus
aircrafts by 2012 as part of the proposed privatization scheme.
In line with an eagerly awaited ATCL take-over by Sonangol, the ATCL management rushed to lease
A320-214 from Wallis Trading, a company said to have a close working relationship with Sonangol of
China headed by influential Hong Kong businessman, Sam Pa. The plane (A320) had been operated in Liberia where it was leased, before it was leased to El Salvador.
By the time ATCL entered into the the lease agreement in October 2007 the aircraft was already due to
go for C-check within the coming 6 month. On its return from technical maintenance in May 2008, the
plane remained in the air for seven months until December 2008 when was re-grounded now for D-
Check and never flown ever since, until it was released by ATCL in October 2011. That was two years
before expiration of the lease agreement but the leasing bill stands as if the plane fully operated throug-
hout the agreed period of lease.
De Havilland Canada DHC-8Q-311 Dash 8, 5H-MWG c/n 462.
Photo: Jari Alanko
5H-MWH Airbus A320-214 c/n 363
5H-MVV Boeing 737-247 Adv c/n 23520
5H-MVZ Boeing 737-247 Adv c/n 23607
5H-MWF De Havilland Canada DHC-8Q-311 DASH 8 c/n 475
5H-MWG De Havilland Canada DHC-8Q-311 DASH 8 c/n 462
In February 2008, the carrier acquired two DeHavilland Dash DHC 8-Q311,5H-MWG and 5H-MWF from
NAC, Nordic Aviation Conractor A/S. Theese aircrafts were previosly operated by Flybe/BA. The two air-
crafts commenced service, after having been repainted in the livery of Tanzanias
national airline, ATCL.
In August the Tanzanian government held secret talks with the Chinese Development Bank to sell the 49%
shares acquired back from SAA to a Hong Kong base private firm with a view to reviving the airline.The bu-
reaucrazy within the government has delayed the takeover.During October ATCL replaced the Airbus A320
on the Dar es Salaam - Moroni, Comoros Islands route by DeHavilland DHC-8-311Q aircrafts.
Dark Skies - Temporary Suspension of Service
ATCL had leased two B737-200 but as time went by the carrier stopped useing one of them. The Boeing
737 5H-MVV was returned to the lessor. The two remaining major aircrafts, the Airbus A320 and the Boeing
737-200 5H-MVZ were due for undergoing major mechanical checks, technically known as "C Check"
and they were going to be grounded at Dar es Salaam International Airport.
Later in the same month, the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) withdraw the Air Operator Certificate for Air Tanzania for reasons accruing to mainly unsatisfactory safety and operational manuals. TAC decided
to volontarily resign from IATA membership in order to preserve its status while preparing for the 105A audit
which is a prerequisite for all member airlines. The company was granted the Air Operator Certificate by
TCAA two weeks later and was in a process to return to IATA.
Then in January 2009, the two planes, the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 were taken out of service for
major maintenance. The Airbus was ferried for "C-Check" to Air Mauritius sercice Unit in Mauritius. Details
from ATCL showed later that, the Airbus A320 had to undergo D Check — the heaviest check for the air-
crafts, also known as a Heavy Maintenance visit (HMV) done approximately after 4–5 years. This check
occurs approximately every 5 years and should have been noticed when the "D-Checks" for their aircraft
years in advance. But that fact was only established after the agreement was hastily penned down, leading
to the aircraft to be grounded in France for seven months. The Airbus then was ferried to Airbus Mainte-
nance at Toulouse-Blangnac in France. In July the aircraft was returned to the lessor.
The Boeing B737, 5H-MVZ was feried for overhaul in to SAA Technical SAT at JNB in South Africa for
C-check and change of engines and was later back in service.
ATCL signed in early 2010 a 18 month contract with the lessor for operating the remaining B737-200, 5H-
MVZ. The government of Tanzania took the decision to invite more international firms to vie for a stake in
Air Tanzania even though the government enters the final stages of a two-year discussions with China
Sonangol Internationl Holdings Ltd. Five firms based in the US, the UK and the United Arab Emirates have
shown interests in running the airline.
Is this the final countdown?
1 March 2010 Air Tanzania,5H-MVZ Boeing 737-247. Flight TC 100, while attempting to land at Mwanza
Airport (IATA: MWZ)RWY 30,the nosewheel collapsed during the skid,the aircraft swerved off the runway
and skidded for about a kilometer before coming to a stop with both maingear on soft ground. The aircraft
received damages to its nosegear and the righthandengine.All 39 passengers and crew of 7 escaped unhurt.
The black box, Flight Data Recoreder (DFR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder was sent abroad for analysis.The
aircraft was written off by lack of adequate equipment at Mwanza to repair the aircraft and to get it flight
readyness status for a ferry fligh to a maintenace facility for major repairs.
The government of Tanzania took up discussions with China Sonangol International Holdings Ltd. to
acquire a majority stake four years ago Allmost half a billion US dollars would be needed to get the
airline back on its feet. But Tanzania may sever ties with China 2019;s Sonangol International Ltd over
failure by the company to invest and take over 49 per cent shares in the ailing Air Tanzania Company
(ATCL) as agreed. Efforts by the government to find a strategic investor failed for serveral years and
left Air Tanzania in a financially precarious position.
This allowed Precision Air to rev up their market share and become Tanzania's predominant airline
in recent years. The airline operates the largest fleet of ATR 42 and ATR 72 in Eastern Africa, besides
which they flew a B737.
Boeing 737-247(Adv) 5H- MVZ, c/n 23607 stored at Mwanza Airport awaiting its fate. Hence the UN
titled/registrated MIL Mi-8 helicopter to the right behind the aircraft.
Photo: Duncan Kirk
The Boeing 737-247 5H- MVZ at HTMW in front of 3 No. MIL MI-8s helicopters. Google Earth, July 2010.
The ATCL management stated in April, 2010 that it could not repair the B737 aircraft that crashed at
Mwanza since the cost of doing so would be too high. ATCL said that the Insurence Broker has agreed
to strike a deal and would take full charge of the damaged aircraft but the aggrement was not fullfilled.
The only remaing aircraft in the fleet i one De Havilland Canada DHC-8-311Q DASH.
Air Tanzania's AOC was previously suspended by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority on 1 March
2010, after its only jet aircraft, a Boeing 737-200, suffered an undercarriage collapse. The airline was
subsequently allowed to resume domestic services with its one airworthy DHC-8, (reg 5H-MWG, serial 462)
until it went for heavey maintenance in March in South Africa.
Air Tanzania back in the skies - Air Tanzania yazindua ndege mpya na kuanza kuruka kwenda Taborana Kigoma, November 2, 2011
The De Havilland Canada DHC-8Q-311 DASH 8 5H-MWG c/n 462 departing from Johannesburg during late October, 2011
after several months of maintenance. The aircraft will operate on the
Dar es Salaam - Tabora - Kigoma routes.
Photo by: East African media.
The inaugural service for the relaunch was operated by the same aircraft on 1 November 2011, from Dar
es Salaam to Kigoma and Tabora. The company's managing director and chief executive was quoted at
the relaunch press conference as saying that four more aircraft would be acquired in the next few months
through "lease purchase arrangements" and apparently with funding from the government.
The second DeHavilland DHC8 Q-300 belived to be 5H-MWF will undergo service maintainance, in Tanzania, over
the next eight weeks at an extimated cost of US$250,000 and will re-enter service in early 2012. ACTL will
in the meantime lease a Fokker 28 aircraft from JetLink Express on a standby basis, in case their only
operational airplane is incapacitated. In January 2012 ATCL will lease a Canadian Regional Jet CRJ-200
from JetLink Express. Air Tanzania will codeshare with Air Uganda and Air Zimbabwe.
Given its troubled recent history, Air Tanzania's return to the skies will have come as a surprise to those
commentators that expected the country's leading airline, privately owned Precision Air (which is
affiliated to Kenya Airways) and the second-ranked carrier, the multinational, Lonrho-backed, newcomer
Fly540, to effectively take over the erstwhile flag carrier's limited route network in the aftermath of the
most recent grounding.
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-Q311 Dash 8, 5H-MWF c/n 472.
AirTanzania's Plans for Self Maintenance Raises Serious Safety Concerns!
Source: Roboblogger: An announcement earlier in the week by financially crippled Air Tanzania that
they were intending to maintain their presently single aircraft, a Bombardier Q300, at their home base
in Dar es Salaam, has raised immediate concerns over compliance with Airworthiness Directives.
Strategic Joint venture Agreement is being signed between Air
Tanzania and AEROVISTA
March 29, 2012. Source: Aerovista News. AEROVISTA will be leasing its B737-500 for Air Tanzania
and will be sourcing more aircrafts depending upon the requirements in future. Aerovista is an airline
based in Sharja, United Arab Emirates and has a fleet of nine aircrafts
Not again, is this the final deathblow?
April 9, 2012. Source: DailyNews online Edition/THE CITIZEN. Thirty five passengers and four crew
members aboard a Dash 8-300 aircraft 5H-MWG escaped alive on Monday while takingoff when the
crew attemted to abort the takeoff and the plane skidded off the runway at Tanzania's Kigoma airport.
The aircraft, belonging to Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), was en-route to the commercial
capital Dar es Salaam via Tabora. No one was injured but two elderly ladies were taken to the hospital
Aviation officials confirmed last Monday that the accident, which occurred in the morning, at 10.15am
seriously damaged the plane, the one belonging to the national flag carrier. All the passengers and
crew members were rescued shortly after flight TC 119 ran off the runway. It was said that the takeof
was probably aborted after one of its engines ceased and the plane skidded off the runway after its
tyres got stuck in muddy potholes. The aircraft came to stop with the nose gear collapsed and the right-
hand maingear separated from the airframe. The aircraft is probably beyond repair and will be written
off. Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority has started an air accident investigation with
a team of technical experts being sent to Kigoma.
According Travel Blackboard: Air Tanzania has recruited the assistance of Precision Air to help carry
already booked passenger for up to a week while the airline completes maintenance on their seccond
sisteraircraft, the DeHavilland Dasch Q300 5H-MWF which was expected to enter operations next month.
The Jointventure agreement Air Tanzania/Aerovista
AEROVISTA will be leasing its B737-500 for Air Tanzania and will be sourcing more aircrafts depen-
ding upon the requirements in future, develop a fully fledged hanger with line maintenance facility
in Dar es Salaam,training the crew and engineers for ATCL and cabin crew training for B737CL
aircrafts. AEROVISTA and Air Tanzania will work closely to develop routes and offer better commercial
solutions for an improved yield management and operational results.
AEROVISTA with its new identity in Tanzania Aerovista Tanzania Limited will be exploring similar
avenues in the aviation industry to support the small and medium airline.
Air Tanzania B737-5H6, 4L-AJB at EgyptAir Maintenance ramp; Engineering Hangar 8000,
Cairo Inter- national Airport.
Photo by Aerovista:
After two days delay the Air Tanzania (ATCL) Boeing 737-5H6 leased from Aero Vista, Dubai arrived on
last Saturday 13 th May 2012 to Julius Nyrere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. The aircraft
branded in ATCL corporate colours is figured to carry 108, 12 passengers in the business as well as
96 passengers in the ecconomy class.
The "new" jet will however only be able to fly to such destinations like Kilimanjaro, Dodoma, Mwanza or
Zanzibar, as most other airports and aerodromes are only able to cater for the landing of smaller turbo-
prop aircrafts, like the Bombardier Dash Q400 is efficient especially in Tanzania where most
airports are unpaved.
The company´s mid-sized DASH-8 5H-MWF at the same time was undergoing a heavy C-check at ATCL´s
hangar at the Dar es Salam Terminal.
The "new" 737 restarted operation flights on 18th May on the Dar es Salaam- Mwanza and later on the
international flights to Comoros.
The Boeing 737 is easily the most successful jet airliner out there, with well over 3000 in service. The
original CFM-engined 737 family consisted of three planes, the 737-300, the 737-400 and the 737-500.
All of these were basically the same plane with different fuselage lengths and thus different capacities.
The 737-500 was the shortest of the three and was designed as a replacement for the older and
Air Tanzania started operations on Mwanza routes on
18th May, 2012!
Air Tanzania Facebook: Air Tanzania back in the skies and here seen on the apron of Mwanza airport
On 18th May Air Tanzania started to operate service with a Boeing 737-5H6 leased from AEROVISTA,
Dubai. The Dash DH8-311Q 5H-MWF is still undergoing heavy maintenance in AEROVISTA/ATCL
hanger at Dar es Salaam Airport for at least six weeks.
According statements from the CEO, ATCL need to win back the lost glory as a national carrier that is
committed to safety and top service as its services were severely affected when its only aircraft in ser-
vice a DeHavilland DASH-8 5H-MWG was ivolved in an accident recently during take off at Kigoma
Onboard an Air Tanzania Boeing 737-500 flight bound for Mwanza!
Air Tanzania Boeing 737-5H6, 4L-AJB, cn 27354/2637
This is the classic Boeing 737-500 flightdeck.
The cabin interior.
Cabinattendants are preparing the dinner-service!
Air Tanzania resumes its operations to Comoros by the Boeing 737-500!
Air Tanzania started to operates flights to Moroni, Comoros on July 9, 2012 as TC210/211. The flights will
be operated by their sole operational aircraft, the Boeing 737-500 4L-ABJ. The flying time to Comoros is
estimated to 1h 20 minutes per route.
ATCL tried to win back pasengers from other carriers and made big announcements by offering ridi-
culous low fares to Kilimanjaro and Mwanza before they realized they were loosing a lot of money
and can not sustain operations. ATCL even talked about to get more aircrafts to its fleet.
The Air Tanzania Boeing 737-500 grounded at Mwanza due to front window crack!
July 20, 2012. Source: Tanzania Daily News. The plane developed a crack along the front window for-
cing the airliner to cancel its scheduled flights on Tuesday. Sources within the company said that the
airliner has already secured the necessary spare parts and the companys engineers were working
round the clock to ensure the repair is done within the shortest time possible. Repair of our plane has
already begun and we expect it to be ready by today (yesterday). We have already secured the ne-
cessary spare parts from Britain and our engineers are working round the clock to ensure that main-
tenance is finalized.
August 5, 2012; Air Tanzania returns the Boeing-5H6 4L-AJB
to the lessor.
August 5, 2012; Air Tanzania has cancelled the contract with Aerovista and returned the only Boeing
737-500 to the lessor. The suspension of the AeroVista contract comes after the 737-500 was grounded in
late July after it had "developed cracks along the front window" necessitating the import of spare parts
from the UK. The airline had to suspend all flights and reeboked passengers to other carriers.
The only options was to start operation with the single aircraft, the DeHavilland Canada
DHC-8-Q311, 5H-MWF that was currently stored for heavy maintenance at Dar es Salaam International Airport.
Air Tanzania leases a 32 years old Boeing 737-200 to fly on the
Air Tanzania leased this Boeing Boeing 737-236(A) ZS-SVV cn 22036 ex Star Air Cargo, South Africa.
On October 12th, Air Tanzania returned to skies again now with a 32 years old Boeing 737-236 and is back
after more than two months of suspension due to the dispute over a lease agreement with the
Dubai based airservices company, AEROVISTA, owners of the earlier leased Boeing 737-500,4L-AJB.
This time AirTanzania has leased the B737-236,ZS-SVV from SouthAfrica where it has been in service
by Star Air Cargo. ZS-SVV arrived in Dar Es Salaam on 11th of October 2012 in Air Tanzania livery and
started its operations the following day as flight TC108 to Mwanza.
The current agreement with Star Air Cargo looks cheaper based on the figure for lease of the Boeing
737-200 compared to the fee for leasing a Boeing 737-500 from AEROVISTA earlier this year which
stood of $1700 per block hour. The rate for the Boeing 737-200 stands of $1350 per block hour and
ATCL has signed for a minimum of 150 block hours per month.
Comparing the Boeing 737-200 vs the -500 model, a newer edition of the Boeing 737 family, the -500
has less operational cost espesially comparing the fuel consumption which is 40 per cent of the Boeing 737-200.
On 10th of January Air Tanzania restarted operations to Kigoma by useing their De Havilland Dash Q311,
5H-MWF on 10 on of January. The aircraft had been in storage for a very long time for heavy
maintenance due to lack of spareparts and was now apporved to fly again.
The plane, rolled out from major check-C repairs, was on its first flight in the region, 10 months after
the airline’s other aircraft 5H-MWG crashed and was damaged beyond repair after a runway overrun
at Kigoma airport, whereby the wreckages of 5H-MWG still present at the area.
Against the wind again!
The ATCL Dash 8-Q311 5H-MWF enroute from Kigoma, to Dar es Salaam with 39 passengers and 4
crew on board, had to make an air-turn back when one of the windshield windows developed crack
about 30 minutes
after it took off from Kigoma on Friday.The crew did a safe landing at Kigoma airport.
Boeing 737-200 burden to ATCL.
According the Guardin on 3rd February; The Ailing Air Tanzania Comp.Ltd (ATCL) has suspended ope-
rations of the leased Boeing 737-200 on the Dar es Salaam - Mwanza route and operates with a single
plane, the DeHavilland DHC8-Q311 in a bid to cut the operational costs. Information reaching this paper
this week had it that the national airline has reduced the frequency of the Boeing plane on the main
route as its costs proved unbearable. Onceagain Air Tanzania has only one aircraft in its fleet.
On 8th February AirTanzania restarted operations to Mtwara by using its DeHavilland DHC8-Q311 (5H-
MWF). The carrier has also resumed flights to Moroni Hahaya three times a week.
AirTanzania CRJ-200, 5Y-WWA at Dar es Salaam Intl airport
On March 18, after nearly two years operating with a single aircraft in the fleet, the DHC8-Q311 the air-
line aquired on a twelve-month leasing contract a Kenyan registered CRJ-200, 5Y-WWA to increasing flight frequencies to existing routes and assuring reliability to its loyal customers on their existing services
to Mwanza Comoros, Mtwara and Kigoma routes.
Deal or not deal - AirTanzania/Interair South Africa Boeing 737-200
AirTanzania (ATCL) signed a landmark code share deal with Interair. The agreement allowed three flights
a week between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg as an introductory schedule.
The code shared flights were scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday
and would be operated by a
an old Boeing 737-200, ZS-IJA with 12 passengers in business class and 91 in economy class.
In October the same year Interair suspended their Johannesburg -
Dar es Salaam route with immediate
effect. Communications manager of Interair said that the airline
had determined that the traffic on the route due to that it was not commercially viable.
(Authors note: Probably due to that Interair was
operateing a 33.8 year old aircraft - not suitiable for todays requirment of comfort and reliable service).
The Bombardier Q300 5H-MWF ramained for heavy maintenance in the hanger and was taken into
service in mid June. During this time a short lease contract of a single Canadair CRJ-100
established in February,2015 betwen Air Tanzania and ACMI in South Africa on a short lease contract.
During 2015 an another CRJ-100, ZS-CMR from ACMI has been seen in the fleet. Conditions of this con-
tract is not yet knewn.
Air Tanzania continues to operate some restricted limited service number
of domestic routes beacause
of inadequate funding to acquire more planes. The Tanzania’s government is considering selling
in the national carrier in a turnaround strategy that may be implemented after a new president is elected
on 29th October. Still in the end of December
there has been no result of a proposal and a new dawn of
For the time beeing Fastjet controls the domestic and regional market. Precision Air has the market for
secondary airports wrapped up because their ATR fleet is best suited to land on those shorter runways.
Then there are those companies with smaller planes like Auric or Coastal Aviation which serve a lot of
places including national parks. Therefore it is very difficult for Air Tanzania to survive such competition.
The return of the Dash 8 Q300 5H-MWF brings to two, the number of ATCL aircraft in operation.
The aircraft went through a routine maintenance service at the airline's hangar at Dar es Salaam's Julius
Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) to comply with the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA)safety standards. This meant that the aircraft, the Dash 8 Q300 was enable ATCL to execute its short term plan
of re-establishing the carrier's routes Kigoma and Comores.
But every time ATCL needed to renew the AOC (Air Operator´s Certificate), they had to fullfill the mini-
mun of tw ATCL leaso aircrafts according their own AOC for stand-by operations.
ATCL had to lease aircrafts according their own AOC a suitable aircraft, this time a Canadair CRJ 100
to operate their legs to Kigoma and Moroni and the Q300 was set only for stand-by perations.
This Canadair CRJ-100 ZS-KEM was leased temporarely from CemAir to boost the operations when ATCL
needed to renew the AOC.
ATCL had plans to launch at least 11 new routes, including Dodoma where the Government is planning to
move its headquarters over the next 5 years.
In May 2016, The EastAfrican reported that Air Tanzania, which operated a single leased Bombardier CRJ
100 was seeking funds to buy or lease three aircraft in the next 24 months in order to expand operations.
In August the government stated that they will buy three aircraft: two Bombardier Q400NG aircrafts with
carrying capacity of up to 80 passenger and one Bombardier CS300 with capacity to carry up to 150 passengers in a mixed class.
In September 2016 two Bombardier Q400NG aircrafts was purchased by the government of Tanzania follo-
wing the purchase agreement signed i August and they landed at Julius Nyerere International Airport
(JNIA) from Canada on 16th September.
The government of Tanzania is the owner and not the airline itself,
perhaps a sign of caution on the side of government while giving the new ATCL management a chance to
The newly, recently purchased ATCL Q400 Reg. 5H-TCD is reported to have an incident at Arusha airport earlier today at 1158Z. Report says at the end of the landing roll the aircraft was turning for back tracking RWY 27 when one wheel got out of the tarmac runway and was trapped there.
The occupants were disembarked on the RWY. No injuries were reported out of the 27 pax on board and crew. Efforts were being made to salvage the aircarft. The flight for the return leg via Zanzibar
The Q400 returned to Dar es Sallam for a check of the landing-gear at ATCL´s
hangar at the Dar es
Salam Terminal. There were no damages at all, so the aircraft was taken into service again.
With an order of two new Bombardier CS300 jetliner and a third Bombardier Q400NG turbopropliner
the future looks promising for 2017. Also in mind that the government has order a Boeing 787-8 to join
the fleet in mid 2018 will lead to that Air Tanzania is back in the sky. The number of passenger has
climbed on the staircase during the last year.