Air Tanzania has taken delivery of a brand new Bombardier Q-400 aircraft from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Canada.
The aircraft touched down yesterday evening at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam to a water canon salute witnessed by President John Pombe Magufuli and other officials.
The $32 million aircraft had on Friday, departed the delivery centre at Bombardier's Mirabel plant in Canada on its delivery flight to the East African country.
The 79-seater plane is the third to be bought by the government of Tanzania since President John Magufuli took over power. The President has been passionate about reviving the national carrier.
Air Tanzania is expected to take delivery of three more aircraft before the end of this year including two Bombardier C300 and a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Air Tanzania is the flag carrier of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport. It currently flies to 8 destinations with 3 aircraft.