Boeing delivers Air Tanzania’s first ever freighter

Source: Boeing

Boeing has delivered Air Tanzania’s first ever dedicated freighter.

The delivery of the 767-300F also marks the first direct 767 freighter delivery from Boeing to an African carrier.

Air Cargo News first reported on the order in November 2021, when the United Republic of Tanzania placed an order for a 767-300F at the Dubai Airshow, for use by the government-owned Air Tanzania.

The freighter arrived at the airline’s hub in Dar es Salaam on Saturday June 3 and will provide the operator with dedicated airfreight capacity to serve increasing demand for import and export goods, including perishables and pharmaceuticals.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 767-300 Boeing Freighter to our fleet. The 767 will cater to the growing cargo demand which was previously carried by passenger airplanes,” said Eng. Ladislaus Matindi, Air Tanzania managing director.

“The 767 will enable Air Tanzania to support a journey towards a more sustainable future and time critical cargo schedules across Africa and beyond. We are looking forward to expanding our imports and exports industry that require timely delivery.

“The arrival of the airplane will open opportunities for global businesses to transport commercial cargo goods to various parts of the world, which will boost national economic growth.”

Air Tanzania currently operates commercial service across Africa and to destinations in Asia with a fleet that includes two 787-8 Dreamliners. The airline also has orders for an additional 787-8 and two 737 MAX jets.

Capable of flying 3,255 nautical miles with a revenue payload of more than 52 tonnes, the 767-300 Freighter is suitable for growing e-commerce and express cargo markets. It is designed to offer fuel efficiency, operational flexibility and low noise levels.

“The 767 Freighter will enable Air Tanzania to significantly grow its existing operations with greater efficiency and flexibility across its network,” said Anbessie Yitbarek, vice president, Africa sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“Air Tanzania’s cargo customers now have far more options as the airline boosts freight connectivity between Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.”

Air Tanzania orders B767 freighter

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New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]