Dar Es Salaam - Air Tanzania received its first Dreamliner, a Boeing 787-8, the first and the only 787 ordered by the national airline of Tanzania.

The new Dreamliner of Air Tanzania (MSN62429), which is registered 5H-TCG and baptized Kilimandjaro Hapa Kazi Tu, landed at its base at Dar es Salaam's international airport Julius Nyerere on July 8.

Air Tanzania has configured it to accommodate 262 passengers with a Business class in 2 + 2 + 2 and Economy class in 3 + 3 + 3. The plane will first be deployed to Kilimanjaro for crew training, before flying to India (perhaps Mumbai as early as September), China and Europe.

The 787 joins a fleet of three 76-seater Bombardier Q400 and a 50-seater Q300.

We aim to develop long-haul capacity by launching flights to Europe, Asia, and the US in the coming years, and the 787 will be the perfect aircraft to achieve this goal,
said the company during the delivery ceremony in Seattle This procurement signals a change in the growth strategy of the country’s national carrier as it seeks to play a more significant role in the regional aviation market that is dominated by Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda. The African carrier also expects two CS300 with 127 seats this year.