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Air Tanzania expands fleet with A220 order

Air Tanzania already operates two Airbus A220-300 jets, which features wings designed and manufactured in Northern Ireland
Air Tanzania already operates two Airbus A220-300 jets, which features wings designed and manufactured in Northern Ireland

Tanzania's government will buy two new Airbus A220 jets as part of a fleet expansion plan for the national flag carrier, the African nation's president has said.

President John Magufuli has personally taken charge of the revival of Tanzania's loss-making state carrier Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), spending hundreds of millions of dollars purchasing eight new planes since 2016, including two A220-300s.

The complete wings and fuselage components for the jet are made within Bombardier's Northern Ireland operation, which remains up for sale.

President Magufuli confirmed on Thursday that the airline will add another two A220 jets to its growing fleet.

It comes as speculation grows over a major order set to be announced by Air France next week. Media sources have reported that the deal could include between 50 and 70 A220 aircraft.

It would represent the biggest endorsement by a European airline for the A220 and be worth tens of millions of pounds for Bombardier's Belfast operation.

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