DELIVERY OF THIRD #BOMBARDIER Q400NG EXPECTED TO BOOST AIR TANZANIA OPERATIONS
(Posted 31st March 2018)
(Photo by Dave Potter / Jetphotos)
Air Tanzania’s third brand new Q400NextGen is expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam tomorrow following a four day ferry flight after the aircraft was released and could finally commence its delivery run.
Taking off on the 29th of March from Montreal did the first leg of the extensive delivery flight land Goose Bay before continuing to Iceland’s Reykjavik for crew rest before on the 30th of March then flying on to Southend for a fuel stop before continuing to the Greek city of Heraklion for another night stop.
Still registered in Canada as C-FUFC will the aircraft now embark on the final legs of the journey, eventually arriving in Dar es Salaam over the Easter weekend.
The aircraft was due for delivery in July last year but, as reported here, was not allowed to leave Canada over an outstanding government debt, leaving the new plane sitting on the ground instead of being deployed and earn revenue.
Initially denied by mouthpieces in Dar es Salaam could the truth however not remain hidden after media in Canada – and reports filed here – confirmed the story.
With the legal situation eventually brought under control was Bombardier then able to hand over the aircraft to the new owners, a Tanzanian aviation parastatal organization, which in turn will lease the aircraft to Air Tanzania.
Next to be delivered will be two Bombardier CS300 aircraft, the first ever to be sold to an African airline, followed by a Boeing B787-8, all three aircraft due to join the ATCL fleet by mid 2018.