- Chidozie Uzoezie
Air Tanzania and Boeing Deepen Relationship with New Deal
Air Tanzania and Boeing have deepened their relationship with the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see Boeing train the airline’s staff.
During the signing ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of Air Tanzania, Mr Ladislaus Matindi, said that the training will start 'soon' and will target the airline's senior managers, middle managers and supervisors.
“We are privileged to have a proposal from Boeing on the capacity building. This is very welcoming and it is in time for the programme to revamp Air Tanzania,” said Mr Matindi.
According to Boeing's Marketing Director for Middle East and Africa, Hamza Bunnya, the training will last for 'a couple of years' with some of the training taking place in the UK and some in Tanzania.
In his own part, Boeing Sales Director for Middle East and Africa, Moore Ibekwe, said the training is a reward for the airline’s trust in Boeing, and will equip Air Tanzania with new leaders for a sustainable future.
“Leadership goes a long way. As Air Tanzania Company Limited gets its new aircraft early next year, you do need leaders for a sustainable future,” Ibekwe said.
It'll be recalled that, at the 2021 Dubai Airshow, Tanzania placed an additional order for more Boeing aircraft including 1 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, 1 Boeing 767-300 Freighter and 2 Boeing 737 MAX jets which will be operated by Air Tanzania.
Currently, Air Tanzania operates a modern fleet of 11 aircraft, including 2 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, to 20 domestic, regional, and international destinations, including Guangzhou, Mumbai, and Johannesburg.
Air Tanzania took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in July, 2018. It received a second one in October 2019. The airline is expected to take delivery of more aircraft from Boeing early next year.