Boeing closed a $726 million deal with the Tanzanian government to supply four new commercial jets to Air Tanzania, the African country’s flagship airline – the announcement came at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday.
The order includes a 787-8, which will join the two planes already operated by the company, as well as two 737 MAX and a 767-300F freighter. The order was already in Boeing’s backlog, but as an unidentified customer.
“Our flagship 787 Dreamliner is popular with our passengers, providing unrivaled in-flight comfort and ultra-efficiency for our long-haul growth,” said Air Tanzania CEO Ladislaus Matindi.”
Adding to our 787 fleet, the introduction of the 737 MAX and 767 Freighter will give Air Tanzania exceptional capability and flexibility to meet passenger and cargo demand within Africa and beyond.”
Air Tanzania currently has a fleet of small but modern aircraft, which also includes four Airbus A220-300s and five Dash 8-400 turboprops.
According to Boeing, the planes will support the carrier’s plans to expand flights in Africa, Asia and Europe, in addition to taking advantage of the growing cargo market on the continent.
Planmaker, however, did not provide details on aircraft delivery times.