Air Tanzania becomes first African airline to operate the Airbus A220

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Montreal - Air Tanzania becomes the first African airline to receive an Airbus A220. The first of two aircraft on order was delivered to the airline in Mirabel, Montreal.

The order for two Airbus A220-300 was signed in December 2016 Between Bombardier and the government of Tanzania while the aircraft was yet branded as CS300. Bombardier and the government of Tanzania signed an order agreement for two CS300 jetliners and two Q400s turboprops that was valued at approximately $200 million at list prices.

This year, Bombardier sold both aircraft programs. Airbus has taken over the majority stake of the CSeries program and re-branded the aircraft as Airbus A220 while another Canadian manufacturer acquires the Q400 program.

Air Tanzania's A220-300s are equipped with 127 seats, which will allow the African carrier to expand both its domestic and regional route networks.

Thanks to its flight range of more than 3000 nautical miles, the Airbus A220-300 offers to Air Tanzania opportunities for launching new routes to the Middle East and India from its base Dar es Salaam International Airport.

Air Tanzania is the world's fifth airline to include the A220 in its fleet after SWISS, airBaltic, Korean Air and Delta Air Lines.

The flag carrier of the country currently operates a small fleet of six aircraft - one A220, one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and four Bombardier Dash 8.