The long wait is over! Air Tanzania’s B747 Dreamliner has inaugurated its maiden commercial flight from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) to Guangzhou (China) today morning May 08th, 2021.
This historical event was witnessed by the Tanzanian Minister of Transport and Construction Eng. Dr. Leonard Madaraka Chamuriho, Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) Director General Eng. Ladislaus Matindi, and many other ATCL personnel at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JKIA) Terminal 3.
The trip to Guangzhou will be a direct flight with no stopovers and will last for 11 hours. According to the directives that were given by China Embassy in Dar es salaam, Tanzania, only 75% of the aircraft passenger’s capacity was allowed before Take-off with freight transportation of 13 tons set as the standard.
Amidst tight restrictions that were set by China as a result of the outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic, ATCL has succeeded to start its direct route.
ATCL Managing Director, Ladislaus Matindi told journalist on Monday May 03rd, 2021 that the flights to China which had been delayed since September last year due to Covid-19 challenges was to officially start today on May 08th, 2021.
“Tanzania Airlines (ATCL) we are happy to announce to the public that from date May 08th, 2021 we will officially start direct commercial flight from Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) to Guangzhou (China) every Saturday and return on Sunday. These trips will be once in every two weeks. According to the conditions set by the Chinese government, those who will be travelling from Tanzania are Chinese and other people with special permits only.” Statement issued by AirTanzania reads.
“But those who are allowed to travel from China to Tanzania are Citizens of All nations. This is a great opportunity for Tanzanian’s to transport there goods between Dar es Salaam and Guangzhou at a reasonable freight charges.” The statement added.
This great initiative taken by the ATCL will provide a great opportunity to strengthen itself, and might be a key solution especially when the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic has cost the airline and aviation industries in general.