Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner For Air Tanzania – By Roland Ohaeri

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787-8 is first widebody airplane to join the fleet of ‘The Wings of Kilimanjaro’

Boeing delivered a 787-8 Dreamliner to Air Tanzania as part of the airline’s plan to grow its operations across Africa as well as to international destinations. The brand new 787 is the first widebody airplane to join Tanzania’s flag carrier’s fleet.

“We are very proud to take delivery of this Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” said Ladislaus Matindi, CEO, Air Tanzania. “We believe this is the perfect aircraft to realize our ambition to connect with the rest of the world through the initiation of intercontinental flights. I am delighted to be here today with Boeing and Rolls-Royce to celebrate this important milestone.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new, super-efficient family of commercial airplanes, which allows airlines to profitably open new routes so passengers can travel directly to their destinations and in exceptional comfort. Since 2011, more than 690 Dreamliners have entered service, flying more than 255 million people, saving an estimated 25 billion pounds of fuel. The Dreamliner family has helped open more than 180 new nonstop routes around the world.

“We are honored that Air Tanzania selected the 787 Dreamliner to expand its long-haul operations within Africa as well as internationally,” said Marty Bentrott, Boeing Sales vice president for the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa. “The Dreamliner’s unmatched combination of superior fuel efficiency and range makes it extremely flexible and will fit well into Air Tanzania’s operations. We are confident the 787 will boost passenger traffic and tourism in and out of Tanzania.”

 Air Tanzania is based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport. The carrier currently flies to destinations across the region and plans to embark upon intercontinental flights by the end of this year.

Source: Boeing

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