Tanzanian carrier receives new ‘green’ aircraft

Tanzanian airline Precision Air has become the first carrier in both Africa and the world to operate the contemporary ATR 42-600 ‘green’ commercial aircraft.

The 50-seat aircraft, which is arguably the ‘greenest’ in current commercial aviation, will expand the airlines Dar-es-Salaam-Kilimanjaro route with the first flight set to take place in two weeks time after shipping this week.

Speaking at an event held at the ATR delivery centre in Toulouse, Precision Air Tanzania Chief Executive Officer Alfonse Kioko said “The USD100m investment will see us acquire a total of five new aircrafts (four ATR 42-600, one ATR 72-600) in the next three years.

“The introduction of these new aircrafts will increase our ATR flight to 14 aircrafts thus making Precision Air Services the largest ATR operator in Africa.”

Tanzania holidays can now be enjoyed with increased comfort and greater entertainment than ever before with enhanced on-flight entertainment and the ATR aircraft boasting reduced fuel consumption, enabling passengers to consciously reduce their carbon footprint on regional flights.

Precision Air Tanzania was born in 1991, progressing from its former role as a crop sprayer to an established carrier. The airline had to respond to a growing tourism market, notably the global interest in Tanzania’s generous array of travel hotspots including the Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and the recently granted city status hub – Arusha.

“With the ATR 42-600, Precision Air carries on its approach of continuous improvement and meeting the challenging strong growth in air travel in Africa in the most cost-effective way possible.

“We are convinced that our longstanding and fruitful long-term relationship will continue growing and developing in the coming years,” Kioko continued.