The Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA) has signed firm purchase agreements for two Bombardier CS300s single-aisle jets and one Q400 turboprop, Bombardier announced Dec. 2.
The aircraft will be leased to and operated by national flag carrier Air Tanzania, based in Dar-es-Salaam.
The combined contracts have a list price value of approximately $200 million.
The Q400 order follows less than three months after two of the same type were delivered to the TGFA, also for operation by Air Tanzania. Like the two earlier examples, the latest aircraft will have an all-economy, 76-seat interior with two lavatories.
The two CS300s will be configured in a dual-class layout, and will be equipped with Wi-Fi internet and inflight entertainment systems.
The latest orders further boost Air Tanzania, which this year had seen its fleet dwindle to a single Bombardier Dash 8-300, a predecessor of the Q400.
“The domestic market in Tanzania, as well as the regional market, is becoming more competitive as both business and leisure travel are steadily increasing,” the Tanzanian Ministry of Works, Communications and Transport’s Permanent Secretary Leonard Chamuriho said.
Air Tanzania had to offer aircraft that could compete, both in terms of passenger amenities and operational efficiency, he added.
“The CS300 aircraft will allow Air Tanzania to expand both its domestic and regional markets, and it has the range to open new international destinations such as the Middle East and India at the lowest cost,” Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s VP-sales, Africa and Middle East Jean-Paul Boutibou said. “The CSeries jet aircraft have the right attributes to develop these markets.”
Including this transaction, Bombardier has firm orders for 566 Q400 and 360 CSeries aircraft.