Yesterday (Dec 2), Bombardier Comercial Aircraft announced that the Tanzanian Government has ordered two CS300 and 1 Q400. This is the first CSeries order in nearly 7 months, after Delta Airlines’ announcement in April. The 3 Aircraft will go to the national airline, Air Tanzania, based in Dar es Salaam.
Based on current list prices, the order has a value of around $200 million US dollars.
The Q400 will be delivered with a standard layout with 76 seats, while the larger CS300 will be equipped with onboard-WiFi and in-flight entertainment.
“The domestic market in Tanzania as well as the regional market are becoming more competitive as both business and leisure travel are steadily increasing,” said Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, Permanent Secretary at Tanzania’s Ministry of Works, Communications and Transport. “Therefore it is vital to operate aircraft that offer superb passenger comfort and amenities. Of course, high reliability, operational flexibility, as well as excellent fuel efficiency and economics are also necessary. Both the Q400 and CS300 aircraft more than satisfy these parameters.”
“We are delighted that the Q400 aircraft which entered service with Air Tanzania earlier this year are proving their superior economics and versatility. The CS300 aircraft will allow Air Tanzania to expand both its domestic and regional markets, and it has the range to open new international destinations such as the Middle East and India at the lowest cost. The C Series jet aircraft have the right attributes to develop these markets,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Africa and the Middle East, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.