Still registered with a Canadian tail number is Air Tanzania’s new Bombardier Q400NG now undergoing ground and aerial testing before formally being handed over on September 13 to airline and government representatives. The aircraft, however, will be put on the Tanzanian registry and eventually bear a 5H registration number.
Captains and co-pilots are presently finalizing their type conversion training to be able to fly this aircraft type when it has been cleared for operations by Tanzanian aviation authorities.
The ferry flight from the Bombardier assembly plant is expected to take an estimated 3 days after taking off from Canada on September 16 before the aircraft then lands, tentatively, on September 19 in Dar es Salaam.
The assembly of a second such aircraft is also advanced, due for delivery a few weeks later, no doubt then boosting Air Tanzania’s operational capacity to resume flights to more domestic destinations and increase frequencies on key routes.