Air Tanzania, just made a major upgrade from coach all the way to first class. The African airline just took delivery of its first Boeing 787. With its previous fleet consisting of just three turboprop aircraft, this is a major step for the “Wings of Kilimanjaro” fleet.
Boeing tweeted that the relatively small airway was ready to take delivery of the new plane. In celebration of the new airplane, the airport in Dar es Salaam threw quite a gala. Upon landing, the plane was saluted with arcs of water from two firetrucks on the tarmac. President John Magufuli attended as the guest of honor. Plus, Tanzania’s Prime Minister, Vice President, Chief Secretary, and many other dignitaries were on hand for the touch down.
The plane that will be leased to Air Tanzania Corporation Limited (ATCL). The new aircraft becomes the fourth among seven aircrafts that have been bought by the administration of the country’s new government that took office in November 2015. They are making an effort to remake the airline into a major player in the expanding Africann market for international air travel.
The Dreamliner, has a seating capacity of 262 passengers that can be accommodated in a three-class configuration. The business class seating is the Stelia Equinox 2D seat in a 2-2-2 configuration. Coach will be in a standard 3-3-3 configuration with personal entertainment console for each passenger.
Air Tanzania is preparing to have a route to Mumbai, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Guangzhou, China starting in September 2018.
This marks significant growth for the flag carrier airline of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport.
The rest of the world now has the opportunity to take in the beauty of Africa and its majestic mountain Kilimanjaro.