Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania and Canada’s Bombardier Commercial Aircraft have signed a firm purchase agreement for two Q400 turboprop airliners valued at approximately US$62 million, the government announced in Dares Salaam on Tuesday.
According to details of the deal, the aircraft will be delivered with a 76-seat, dual-lavatory configuration and will be used for commercial airline operations in the African region.
"Our Q400 aircraft will provide affordable, convenient and comfortable air transport solutions," said Dr. Leonard Chamuriho, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Communication. "We are committed to providing state-of-the-art service to our passengers and are keen to expand further as our business grows to include new destinations in Tanzania and the African region.
Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops and CRJ Series regional jets have made significant advances in Africa where approximately 160 aircraft - including more than 50 Q400 turboprops - are in service with, or ordered by, approximately 40 customers and operators, the Canadian firm said in a statement.
"This transaction not only solidifies the relationship between the Government of Tanzania, and Bombardier, but also reaffirms Africa as one of the most prolific Q400 aircraft markets. The Q400 aircraft is a showcase for the continent, where it has proved itself to be extremely efficient as well as cost-effective," said Bombardier’s Vice Presiden, Jean-Paul Boutibou, responsible for Sales in Middle East and Africa,
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has pledged to revive the country’s ailing Air Tanzania Corporation and return it its lost glory. He recently announced that new aircraft would be purchased for the airline by September this year.
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