Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) is the national airline of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport. The Company was established in 1977 following the dissolution of East African Airways and has been a member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) since its inception.
Following its establishment, ATCL has gone through a number changes in its structure and ownership as a result of the Government's efforts to ensure that the country owns a strong national airline.The changes include partial privatization of ATCL in 2002 when the Government reduced its shareholding to 51 percent and entered into a partnership with South African Airways (SAA). The partnership ended in 2006 when the Government repurchased SAA shares to recapture its 100% ownership of ATCL.
As the Government regained full ownership of ATCL, it invested heavily in the ATCL operations' systems to enable ATCL operate efficiently again. The Government effortsto rebuild ATCL, through various options, continued until 2016 when it decided to develop a specific programme for revamping the ATCL. The ATCL revamping programme included purchasing of six new aircraft between 2016 and 2018, payment of debts and provision of Startup capital, improvement and modernisation of business systems.
The ATCL fleet improvement programme included purchasing of six aircraft as follows: three Bombardier DASH8 Q400, two delivered in September 2016 and onein June 2017; two Bombardier CS300 and one Boeing 787 Dreamliner delivered between May and June 2018. By July 2018, ATCL will be operating the fleet of seven aircraft as it has been operating one Bombardier DASH8 Q300 since 2011.
With improved fleet, ATCL is confident to regain its position as a serious competitor in the air transport market. The ongoing ATCL fleet and network expansion programme include destinations in Africa, Europe, Asia, and US.