Air Tanzania Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737 MAX 9

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Air Tanzania has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft making it the first African airline to operate the larger and longer-range model of the fuel-efficient 737 MAX single-aisle jet family.

Named Olduvai Gorge, the brand new Boeing 737 MAX 9 with registration number 5H-TCP, touched down at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam this afternoon following a delivery flight from the United States.

With its versatility, fuel efficiency, and higher capacity, the new Boeing 737 MAX 9 will help the East African airline to meet growing travel demand in Africa and India. The aircraft will also allow Air Tanzania to deliver a new travel experience to passengers.

Air Tanzania currently operates flights across Africa and to destinations in Asia with a fleet that includes two Boeing787-8 Dreamliners and one Boeing 767-300 Freighter.

Since its delivery in June 2023, the Boeing 767-300 Freighter has solved critical cargo challenges across Africa while opening opportunities to move business globally. Air Tanzania has an additional Boeing 787-8 on order.

The 737 MAX family delivers enhanced efficiency, improved environmental performance and increased passenger comfort to the single-aisle market. Powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines and advanced technology winglets, the 737 MAX reduces fuel use and emissions by 20% compared to airplanes it replaces.

Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market Outlook for¬†Africa¬†projects that the continent will need 1,025 airplanes over the next two decades. Overall African air traffic growth is forecast at 7.4%, the third highest among global regions and above the global average growth of 6.1%.

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures, and services commercial airplanes, defense products, and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries.

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