Boeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner for Air Tanzania

Sunday July 8 2018

ATCL's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner bought by the

ATCL's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner bought by the Tanzanian government lands at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam at 17.18pm (+3GMT) on July 8, 2018. PHOTO | THE CITIZEN 

By CHARLES OMONDI
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Boeing's first 787 Dreamliner for Air Tanzania was received at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam on Sunday

The aircraft is part of Air Tanzania’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,'' the manufacturers said in a press release.

Important milestone

“We are very proud to take delivery of this Boeing 787 Dreamliner,” the release quoted Air Tanzania CEO Ladislaus Matindi, saying.

“We believe this is the perfect aircraft to realise 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.”

President John Magufuli was at JNIA to receive the aircraft.

The Citizen reported thousands of Tanzanians braving the cold and wet weather to witness the arrival of the plane.


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