By Cyril NDEGEYA
Two more Airbus A220-300 aircraft were handed over to Air Tanzania and landed at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar on this friday 8 October 2021.The pair joined two other units in Tanzania’s flag carrier’s facilities to make up a group of four A220s in its fleet.
They were handed over to Air Tanzania at Airbus’ facilities in Montreal-Mirabel before being sent to Tanzania via Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Upon landing on the Tanzanian soil, they were received by Zanzibar’s President Hussein Mwinyi this Friday afternoon with a water gun salute.
As part of Air Tanzania’s tradition the new arrivals have been christened Zanzibar and Tanzanite.
Air Tanzania was the first airline on the African continent to acquire the Airbus A220 in December 2018, and became the first African operator of the type.
“With the addition of the A220 in our fleet, we are confident that we will expand our footprint in the growing African markets and beyond, as we unlock additional routes and regain our position as a key player in the African air transport market.” said Ladislaus Matindi, Air Tanzania Managing Director in a press statement.
Each of the four A220s is configured with 120 seats in economy class and 12 seats in the business class.The planes are powered by two twin Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan engines specifically designed for the A220.
According to Air Tanzania website, the two new aircraft delivered today, joined another fleet composed of two Boeing 787-8s, five De Havilland Dash-8 commonly known as Q-400, and two more Airbus A220(formerly known as CS300) which brings the total fleet to 11 aircraft.
Air Tanzania flies to 12 domestic destination and 8 international routes including Guangzhou as a long haul destination.
Analysts say the A220-300 fits in perfectly with Air Tanzania’s network. The plane’s size and efficiency will prove to be valuable across the carrier’s short and medium-haul network.