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About the airline
Established in March 1977, Air Tanzania (www.airtanzania.com) is the flag carrier of Tanzania. The airline’s headquarters are based at Dar es Salaam’s ATC House, and its primary flights hub is situated at Julius Nyerere International Airport. As of July 2017, the airline will be flying to 8 destinations, with more slated for commencement in the near future.
Up until 2002, the airline was wholly government owned. Due to a structural adjustment programme directive by Bretton Woods, the airline was partially privatized at this point, with 49% of the company shareholding being sold to South African Airways. The partnership was neither lasting nor profitable, resulting in the Tanzanian Government repurchasing the shares from SAA during 2006. By the time SAA departed as a shareholder, losses had amounted to over $19 million in just 4 years.
The airline has fallen on hard times in past years, with its market share having deteriorated from over 19% in 2009 to only 0.4% in 2011. Its fortunes appear to be set to change in the near future. Air Tanzania’s bad managers have been fired by the President, and the country spent $500 billion on 3 new aircraft deals. Included in these deals were 3 Bombardier Q400NG Turboprops, 2 state of the art Bombardier CS300 jets for late 2017/ early 2018 delivery and a B787-8 Dreamliner. This spells competition for Precision Air, Fastjet in 2018 Q1, with the reclamation of the Nairobi to Entebbe Route looking fairly likely as well.
Furthermore, it is expected that the airline will be investigating the Dar Es Salaam to London route, as well as direct flights to India and China, towards the end of 2017. The opening of a completely new international arrivals and departures terminal at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, slated for Q4 2017 opening, should stand the airline in good stead too.
An Oman based business consortium is investing heavily in the airline’s expansion, and plans to deploy the newly purchased aircraft along routes to destinations that include the DRC, Kenya, Uganda, China and the United Kingdom.
Key flight routes and destinations
As of early July 2017, Air Tanzania operates domestic flights to Arusha, Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Dodoma, Kigoma, Mtwara, Mwanza, Zanzibar and Tabora. Routes previously served, but subsequently discontinued, include Athens, Cairo, Antananarivo, Dubai, Entebbe, Frankfurt, Gaborone, Harare, Kigali, Lilongwe, London, Lusaka, Mahe, Maputo, Mumbai, Muscat, Port Louis and Italy, not name but a few.
Economy Class passengers aboard Air Tanzania flights get to check in 20kg of free luggage, while Business Class passengers are entitled to checking in 30kg of luggage. Additional weight will incur a charge of Tshs 8000 per kilogram on domestic flights, while a charge of $5 per kilo will be incurred along international flight routes.
Air Tanzania currently has a codeshare agreement in place with InterAir South Africa along the Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg route. The airline also previously had a codeshare agreement with the now defunct Uganda Airlines along the Dar es Salaam to Entebbe route.
The 2017 fleet
As of June 2017, the Air Tanzania fleet consists of 1 Bombardier Q300 and 2 Bombardier Q400s, with an additional 5 aircraft on order.
Online check in
Checking in online saves time spent queuing at the airport unnecessarily, and enables you to select your seat and meal preferences ahead of departure if this is available on your specific flight route and cabin class. To check in for your next Air Tanzania flight up to 24 hours ahead of departure, click here.
Contacting Air Tanzania in Kenya
Air Tanzania Commercial Department
Telephone: 0784-737-216 / 255 22 211 7500 / 255 22 211 3114 / 255 22 219 7200 / 255 22211
Postal Address: PO Box 12713, Arusha
Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam
Telephone: 255 748 737 642 / 255 22 219 720 / 255 22 211 3114
Postal Address: PO Box 543, Dar es Salaam
Official Website: www.airtanzania.com or www.airtanzania.co.tz
Contact Air Tanzania Head Office
Postal Address: PO BOX 543, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,
Physical Address: ATC House, Second Floor, Ohio Street, Dar Es Salaam
Telephone: Call Toll Free Number: 0800110045 / For Emergency Call 0222113248