Boeing and Air Tanzania are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first-ever 767-300 Freighter. This momentous occasion marks the arrival of Africa’s first production 767F and signals a major boost to Air Tanzania’s cargo operations, allowing the carrier to meet the increasing demand in the country’s burgeoning import and export market. The aircraft arrived today at Air Tanzania’s hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Eng. Ladislaus Matindi, Managing Director of Air Tanzania, expressed his excitement about the new addition to the fleet, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome the 767-300 Boeing Freighter to our fleet. This dedicated freighter will address the growing cargo demand previously handled by passenger aircraft. The 767 will enable Air Tanzania to support a more sustainable future and meet time-critical cargo schedules across Africa and beyond. We look forward to expanding our imports and exports industry, facilitating timely deliveries. With this airplane, global businesses can transport commercial cargo goods worldwide, contributing to national economic growth.”
The brand-new freighter, with registration 5H-TCO (msn 67788), boasts exceptional fuel efficiency, operational flexibility, and low noise levels, making it an ideal choice for Air Tanzania to support time-critical cargo schedules throughout Africa and beyond.
With a range of 3,255 nautical miles and a revenue payload capacity of over 52 tonnes, this freighter is perfectly suited to cater to the growing e-commerce and express cargo markets. Air Tanzania aims to enhance its capabilities in transporting perishable goods, pharmaceuticals, and other products that require swift delivery.
Anbessie Yitbarek, Vice President of Africa Sales and Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, highlighted the advantages the 767 Freighter brings to Air Tanzania. “The 767 Freighter will significantly enhance Air Tanzania’s operations, providing greater efficiency and flexibility across its network. Cargo customers of Air Tanzania now have more options as the airline strengthens freight connectivity between Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia,” said Yitbarek.
The delivery of Africa’s first production 767F marks an important milestone for Air Tanzania and the African aviation industry. With the new dedicated freighter, Air Tanzania is poised to expand its cargo capabilities and meet the growing demands of the import and export market.
The airline currently operates commercial service across Africa and to destinations in Asia with a fleet that includes two 787-8 Dreamliners. According to Ladislaus Matindi, Air Tanzania also expects four more passenger aircraft before the end of 2023, one DHC-8-Q400, two B737-9s, and one B737-8, improving the airline’s capacity as several of its aircraft are grounded.