Air Tanzania has just placed an order with Boeing for a 787-8 Dreamliner, a 767-300 Freighter, and two 737 MAX aircraft. The national flag carrier of Tanzania will use the planes to expand service from East Africa to new markets in Asia and Europe.
The order placed today is valued at more than $726 million and was previously listed as being unidentified on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website. In its 2021 Commercial Market Outlook, the Seattle planemaker forecasts that, by 2040, airlines on the African continent will need 1,030 new planes valued at $160 billion. On top of that are aftermarket sales and maintenance worth a whopping $235 billion. Boeing says that the sale of new aircraft in Africa will support the growth in air travel and the continent’s economies.
Boeing maintains an office in Johannesburg
Boeing first began operating in Africa 75 years ago and maintains an office in Johannesburg, South Africa. During this time, it has worked with more than 60 customers delivering as many as 500 American-built planes to airlines on the African continent.
When speaking about the order and particularly the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, the ‘Wings of Kilimanjaro’ airline said:
“The 787 Dreamliner will be the flagship aircraft as we renew and grow the Air Tanzania fleet. We aim to establish our long-haul capability by starting flights to Europe, Asia, and the USA over the coming years, and the 787 is the perfect aircraft to achieve this ambition.