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Air Tanzania steps up competition for Kenyan Airways with new aircraft & routes

DAR ES SALAAM (The Southern African Times) – Air Tanzania will launch direct flights to Nairobi, Bujumbura and Lubumbashi in November, stepping up competition for Kenya Airways, which also serves these routes.

The national carrier recently acquired two Airbus A220-300 aircraft, raising its fleet of A220s to four, boosting its plan to introduce more international routes.

The airline will operate two daily flights from its Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam to the Kenyan capital Nairobi starting November 26.

“Last week, we brought in two new flights that were received in Zanzibar, namely Airbus 220-300 with a capacity of 132 passengers and take-off weight of 68.9 tonnes. They also have entertainment segments for both adults and children,” Josephat Kagirwa, the airline’s spokesperson, told journalists on Wednesday.

The airline will fly to Burundi starting November 8. It will also operate three flights a week to Ndola in Zambia and the eastern DR Congo city of Lubumbashi, respectively, from November 18.

On the domestic routes, Air Tanzania says it will add a Dar to Mwanza flight with a loop to the capital Dodoma from November 5.

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