Monday, July 9, 2018

Magufuli writes history

PichaDAILY NEWS Reporter
…receives largest ever plane for ATCL since independence
PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday led thousands of Dar es Salaam residents to receive the newly procured Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, silencing his critics.
President Magufuli proved that he is a man of action, telling his audience at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) that whoever doubted his capacity to deliver on his promises was
wasting time.
Flanked by Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, acting US Ambassador in the country Inmi Patterson and other government officials, President Magufuli thanked God for enabling his government to bring the modern plane in the country.
He said the government decided to revive the national airline for the major objectives of accelerating the growth of tourism sector, among others.
Dr Magufuli argued that countries with tourist attractions in the world have been attracting good number of tourists every year, with their respective national airlines playing a critical role.
He cited Kenya, Egypt, Mauritius and South Africa as countries that have been performing well in tourism sector, thanks to the integral part that their respective national carriers have played.
According to President Magufuli, since the government has embarked on industrialisation drive, an active national airline is inevitable to simplify the flights of prospective investors.
He insisted that despite the huge endowment in natural resources, the absence of the national carrier was not only bothering him as a head of state but also a shame to the country.
President Magufuli assured Tanzanians of his determination to boost ATCL fleet with other two planes-Bombardiers CS-300, each with the capacity to carry 132 passengers, scheduled for arrival in November this year.
Amid applause from the gathering, President Magufuli insisted that another Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will be delivered in early 2020, saying the government has already made the down payment for the aircraft.
“Kindly convey our sincere appreciations to Boeing Company for delivering this plane. We also ask you to tell them that we kindly ask them to work on our second plane as quickly as possible,” President Magufuli told Ms Patterson.
The plane, the first of its kind in ATCL fleet, landed at JNIA from Seattle in the United States at around 17:00pm after making a direct flight.
President Magufuli becomes the first leader in country’s history since independence to purchase seven passenger aircrafts in hardly three years.
The arrival of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner now brings to four the new passenger planes that have so far been delivered to boost the country’s airline that was in the verge of total collapse.
The newly delivered plane will start operating domestically by flying to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Dar es Salaam and Mwanza before embarking on Asia and European routes.
The 225 million US dollar (over 500bn/-) 262-seater plane is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features and using 20 to 25 per cent less fuel, with 20 to 25 per cent fewer emissions than the aircraft it replaces.

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