ATCL mulls intercontinental destinations

DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania’s flag carrier airline – ATCL announced Tuesday it expects to receive a long-range plane next month, an addition to its fleet that could see the company expand its route network, reaching new markets.

Air Tanzania Company limited (ATCL) Managing Director, Engineer Ladislaus Matindi made the announcement during the inaugural ceremony of a newly acquired Boeing 737- Max 9 that landed for the first time at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. The plane now makes the total number of ATCL planes to 16.

Eng Matindi said the government has invested approximately 2.4tr/- in the purchase of aircraft, the construction of commercial enabling infrastructure as well as payment of some accumulated debts.

“The plane received today is the second plane in the type of medium distance flight. The arrival of the plane increases ATCL’s ability to connect regional and international flights through the airport as a hub for its flight network. Currently, ATCL is making travel connections through JNIA to Mumbai, India and Guangzhou China,” Mr Matindi said.

He announced that ATCL will increase its trips to Johannesburg and launch fresh destinations to Dubai and London.

According to the Managing Director, ATCL expects to officially begin Dubai routes on March 31, 2024.

Moreover, he said that their plan is to increase the number of stations such as Lagos, Nigeria, Kinshasa, DRC and Juba, South Sudan in its network to increase JNIA’s competition as a travel hub.

“We continue with the implementation of our second corporate strategic plan which started in the financial year 2022/23 and ends in the financial year 2026/27…Through the plan, ATCL is expected to have 20 planes including the plane received today.,” he said.

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