Tanzania is set to receive its first ever Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which will land at the Julius Nyerere International Airport. The Tanzanian president John Maghufuli will be the guest of honor when the plane, which costs $239 million, is delivered. It is leased to Air Tanzania Corporation Limited (ATCL). This brings to four the number of planes procured by Tanzania, which has set out to revive its national carrier, after years of making losses and losing market share. The country has previously bought Bombardier aircraft, so the new dreamliner suggests the national carrier has ambitions of being more than a regional airline.
After assuming power, president John Magufuli pledged to revive the national carrier as one of his election promises, something that he appears to be doing. This comes as other Eastern African countries like Rwanda and Uganda also invest more in their airlines, to take up space that for a long time has been dominated by other established ones like Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.
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