AIR TANZANIA UNDERGOING #IATA OPERATIONAL SAFETY AUDIT
(Posted 29th June 2018)
(Mock up impression of an Air Tanzania Boeing B787-8)
Ahead of receiving three new jet aircraft before the end of the year, one Boeing B787-8 and two Bombardier / Airbus CS300’s, is Air Tanzania undergoing another attempt to secure IOSA certification.
IATA’s operational safety audit is today seen as quintessential by many regulatory bodies to grant airlines landing rights, while other airlines often only engage in interline and code share talks with carriers holding such certifications.
It is understood that the current audit is the third Air Tanzania is undergoing to accomplish the required performance indicators and tick the right boxes.
Local rival Precision Air is presently the only airline in Tanzania to hold an IOSA certificate and has since its first successful audit undergone several renewal audits.
While the ATCL Boeing B787 is in the final third of assembly have news emerged from Dar es Salaam that the airline intends to launch flights to Mumbai, three times a week, prompting aviation pundits and observers to raise questions over the expected load factors of such flights, given the limited network of Air Tanzania at this time, simply not being able to feed enough regional traffic into the wide body flights to India.
Conventional wisdom in aviation – as amply demonstrated by RwandAir over the past decade – dictates that an airline first builds up an extensive regional network to generate the traffic needed to sustain wide body intercontinental operations.