Air Tanzania

Updated 20th June, 2022.


Air Tanzania continues to expand its fleet.

Air Tanzania will enter the fleet with two Boeing 737 Max 9s, a B787-8, a B767-300F and two de Havilland Dash 8-
400s early next year. The government announced this when presenting the latest budget. Theseare aircraft that will be
purchased by the state leasing company TGF.

For some time now, Tanzania has been investing heavily in the national airline's fleet. In recent months, a de Havilland
Dash 8-400 and two Airbus A220-300s have been taken over. The African carrier's fleet currently consists of one de
Havilland Dash 8-300, five Dash 8-400, two Boeing 787-8 and four Airbus A220-300.

Unlike other airlines on this continent, the fleet has grown during the pandemic. According to, there
were eight aircraft in April 2022. There are now 12 pieces.The government purchases all the aircrfafts through TGF
the state-owned leasing company. This leases the aircraft to Air Tanzania.

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Remember - those were the days!

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The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at Guanqzhoo - Baiyon 27th November 2012

Airbus A220-300 5H-TCE at Mtwara 29th November 2012

* * * The Fleet 2022 * * *

The Beauty.

The Workhorse

The Queen

Air Tanzania De Havilland Dash Q300 5H-MWF has been grounded for more than three years as it is in main-



Air Tanzania 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 the governments of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. EAA operations came to a total
halt in January 1977 which caused the dissolution of EAA, the "Pride of East Africa".

Strained relations among the the three member-states in the shared EAA culminated in Kenya´s de-
cision to with its participation in the shared EAA.

The governments of Tanzania and Uganda that had been partners to form EAA, were at a disad-
vantage compared to Kenya,which had the head quarter for the EAA at Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya.

Tanzania and Uganda did not receive a fair share of the former airliner assets despite being equal
partners since Kenya government was the main creditor in EAA. When Kenya realized the coming
break down of EAA they secured aircrafts from the EAA bankruptcy and repainted the aircrafts in
Kenya Airways new colours two days later after the disolulation of EAA.

Tanzania inherited two Fokker F27-200 5Y-AAC and 5X-AAP from the defunt airline but it had no
local organization like Kenya Airways had in the former EAAC offices and maitenance hangars at
Embakasi, Nairobi.

Its territory was much bigger that those of its former partners which required aircrafts of differnt
sizes. Air Tanzania considered Fokker F27 and DeHavilland Twin Otters which were suitable for
airports which were unpaved.

Air Tanzania commenced operation during 1977 with a leased Douglas DC-9-32 5Y-ALR from the
Kenyan government newly start up airline, Kenya Airways and the inherited Fokker F27-200s from
the defunct East African Airways.

After negotiation with different creditors or banks the Tanzanian government placed an order of two
Boeing737-200, three new Fokker F27-600 and four DHC-6 Twin Otters all financed by a US Bank.
all to be delivered during 1977-78.

Air Tanzania leased a Boeing 737-200 from Mocambique´s DETA meanwhile waiting for the first
new Boeing 737-200 to enter the fleet.

The first ordered DHC-6 Twin Otter and the Fokker F27s were painted in a tradition straight cheet-
line, green yellow, black and white colours but were resprayed in the factory to the new eyecatching
colours blue and yellow before livery to AirTanzania in Dar es Salaam..

This Boeing 720-051B SX-DBN from Olympic Airways was never taken in use.

Meanwhile waiting for delivery of the factory new Boeing 737-200´s Air Tanzania rushed to rent a
Boeing 720-022 N62215 with crew from Caledonian unfortunately with substandard contract. When
it finally started operation it became apparent that the Boeing 720 could only cary 29 passengers,
something Caledonian no-doubt failed to mention to Air Tanzania.

Finally in December 1978 the first Boeing 737-2R8C Adv, 5H-ATC named "Kilimanjaro" was de-
livered to Air Tanzania wearing the attractive colours of Air Tanzania which were based on the nat-
ional flag, following by the Fokker F-27 5H-MPU and a DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 5H-MRC.

Air Tanzania B707-331 N762TWA msn 17675 (del by Caledonian 80-05) here seen at London/
Gatwick Int airport 1980.

Boeing 737-2R8C(Adv), flight TC540 5H-MRK 1994 at Seychelles 1981.

Ambitiously, AirTanzania extended their service in 1979 with the new Boeing 737-200 to Maputo,
Lusaka, Tananarive and Seyshelles.

With two new Boeing 737-200, five Fokker F27 and two De Havilland DHC Twin Otter, the carrier
started services within Tanzania and the neighbouring countries in the end of 1979. Its history, has
been marked by an aborted privatisation, dysfunctional alliances and a controversial aircraft leasing
conracts led that the carrier was not trussed among the passengers with also led to a bad reputation.

The airline was wholly owned by the Tanzanian Government until 2002 when it was partially privat-
ised as per the directive of the Bretton Woods Institutions to implement the country's Structural Ad-
justment Program. The government therefore reduced its shareholding to 51 percent and entered in
to a partnership with South African Airways.


Already after a few months, problems arose because SAA had promised that the aircraft fleet would
be renewed and that Dar es Salaam would become a new hub in SAA's traffic. None of the promised
conditions are met. The two older Boeing 737-200 were replaced by equivalent aircraft, except that
two Fokker F28 jets and two De-Dehavilland DHC8 Q200 were supplied to the company.

This could not accept the Tanzanian government and it was decided to repurchase its share of the
South African Airways. The partnership lasted for about four years and had accumulated losses of
more than Tsh 24 billion (US$19 million). The government repurchased the shares in 2006, making
t once again a wholly owned government company.


Air Tanzania Bombardier Dash Q300 5H-MWF and Airbus A320-214 5H-MWH.

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 Tanzanian flag carrier has been trying to regroup since 2008, but its network has been mainly
domestic to Mwanza, Kigoma and the regional destination Haya, the Comoros islands.

Over the years, it has served a variety of domestic and regional destinations. Despite being the nat-
ional airline, its market share deteriorated over the years from 19.2 percent in 2009 to 0.4 percent in
2011. With the lack of finances and aviation accidents, the airline struggled to survive.


In March 2012, Aerovista leased a Boeing 737-500 to Air Tanzania to enhance the airline's service
delivery in the shortterm.The attempt lasted only five months until ATCL realized that this was not
profitable business and on August 12, the leased aircraft was returned to the owners

The only other aircraft in the fleet, a Bombardier Q300, was stored for maintenance, which caused
the airline to suspend operations and rebook passengers to other carriers.

Air Tanzania returned to the skies on 12 October 2012 with a 32-year-old Boeing 737–200. The air-
craft was leased for three months from StarAir Cargo in South Africa.The 737-200 arrived in Dar es
Salaam on 11 October 2012 in Air Tanzania livery and started operations the following day.

Air Tanzania restarted operations to Kigoma on 10 January 2013, by using its Bombardier Q300.
The airline quickly expanded to domestic routes and even began to fly to Bujumbura under a new

During the following year, various types of aircraft were hired to maintain a highly slimmed-down
domestic traffic, as the company only had its own aircraft in service at De Havilland Dash Q300.

In March 2014 Air Tanzania took delivery of its first CRJ200, 5Y-WWA (cn 7350), on lease from
Kenya's Trident Aviation, Nairobi. The twinjet arrived in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, March 8 and
will reportedly be joined by two CRJ700s in April and May.

AirTanzania informed that the new aircraft would add to the airline's existing fleet of one Dash Q8-
300 and the wet-leased B737-200 Adv from Star Air in South Africa


In 2016, the Tanzanian government under President John Magufuli initiated a new drive to revive the
the national carrier. The government purchased two new Bombardier Q400 for the national carrier,
to delivered in September 2016.

The first Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG, 5H-TCB to be the "flagship" of Air Tanzania for upgrading
the fleet.

In December of the same year the president's office announced that a four additional aircraft, one
Bombardier Q400NG, and a Boeing 787 "Dreamliner would be purchased for the national carrier,
with deliveries set from May 2018. Also two Bombardier CS300 (Airbus 220-300) were ordered and
estimated to be delivered in December 2018 and the second in January 2019.

Many doubted if this was the right decision to renew Air Tanzania and whether there was financial
space in the city budget for such a large funding to get Air Tanzania on its feet again


Air Tanzania's market share during 2017 was increased to 24 percent from 2.5 percent the previous
year due to the arrival of the two Bombardiers Q400NG which now operated services to Mwanza,
Bukoba, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.


In february 2018 AirTanzania acquired a third Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG, 5H-TCE cn 4559. Since
then Air Tanzania Company Ltd the national carrier has continued on its decade-long path to revival
with the delivery of one Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner".

Air Tanzania Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner at Dar es Salaam Int. Airport

The first AirTanzania Airbus A220-300 5H-TCH arriving at Dar es Salaam Int. airport.


With the delivery of the two new Airbus A220-300, the carrier relaunched it servisies to Lusaka and
Harare on 22nd February 2019 and will start services later this year to Johannesburg.

Flights to Johannesburg, SA will start on 28th June by Air Tanzania Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner". On
16th of July Air Tanzania will switch to Airbus A220-300.


Air Tanzania continued to implement its five years Corporate Strategic Plan (2017/2018-2020-2021)
which includes the network expansion in local, regional and international destinations.


Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) managing director, Mr Ladislaus Matindi, said compared to
2020, there was huge improvement in 2021. When it came to passenger load factor, which measures
the capacity utilisation of airlines, the national flag carrier was by December operating at between 60
and 70 percent of the pre-Covid-19 era.


FLEET 2022:

5H-TCH Airbus A220-300
5H-TCI Airbus A220-300
5H-TCK Airbus A220-300
5H-TCL Airbus A220-300

5H-TCG Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner"
5H-TCJ Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner"

5H-TCB Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG
5H-TCD Bombardier DHC8-Q402NG
5H-TCE Bombardier DHC-Q402NG
5H-TCF Bombardier DHC-Q402NG
5H-TCK Bombardier DHC-Q402NG

5H-MWF Bombardier DHC8-Q300
(stored for mainenance)

5H-TGF Fokker F-50

Air Tanzania ATCL
P.O.Box 543, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania