Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has announced its intention to increase its fleet to 17 aircraft early next year, aiming to enhance both domestic and international travel options.
The current state-owned airline boasts a fleet of 13 aircraft, including one Dash 8-Q300, five Dash 8-Q400s, four Airbus A220-300s, two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, and one Boeing 767 Freighter.
ATCL, led by its director, Ladislaus Matindi, has openly stated its plans to acquire two Dash 8-Q400s, two Boeing 737 Max-9s, and one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Matindi also expressed gratitude to President Samia Suluhu’s government for enhancing ATCL’s capabilities to ensure the company operates profitably for the nation’s benefit.
Increasing the number of aircraft is crucial in improving the company’s efficiency, enhancing customer service, and boosting national revenue.
The new local routes in focus include Pemba, Musoma, and Nachingwea. Additionally, the airline is eyeing regional routes such as Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lagos in Nigeria, and Johannesburg in South Africa.
On the international front, ATCL is considering destinations like London in the United Kingdom, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Muscat in Oman.
Currently, ATCL operates flights to 15 domestic destinations and 11 international ones. Its local routes cover cities like Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Mwanza, Mbeya, Mtwara, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Kigoma, Zanzibar, Bukoba, Mpanda, Songea, Iringa, and Tabora.
Regarding regional and international flights, ATCL serves Lubumbashi in the DRC, Ndola and Lusaka in Zambia, Nairobi in Kenya, Bujumbura in Burundi, Comoros, Harare in Zimbabwe, Entebbe in Uganda, as well as Guangzhou in China and Mumbai in India.”