Qatar Airways, which operates daily from Dar es Salaam, plans to boost its fleet by purchasing six aircraft.
A statement released in Dar es Salaam on July 17 said the airline recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the French plane maker for the purchase of six Airbus A321 aircraft. The new planes are scheduled for delivery in the near term.
Qatar Airways will use the A321s to complement its existing narrow body fleet on regional routes, the statement indicated. The airline has outstanding orders to purchase more than 200 aircraft worth over $30 billion. It operates a modern fleet of 62 aircraft to 83 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the Far East and North America.
Qatar Airways operates daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Doha with convenient onward connections to a network of over 80 destinations. In addition the airline has two freight services each week between Nairobi and Doha which carry horticultural produce for export markets.
Qatar is a bustling modern city with ethnic markets called souks, giant malls, fine hotels and restaurants. Visitors can take advantage of stop over programmes organized by Qatar Airways Holidays which include outings to the desert, 4x4 sand dune bashing and sailing on traditional dhows. '
'Concluding this deal with Airbus for the additional A321 aircraft will further assist Qatar Airways in the rapid development of its regional network,'' said Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker. ''The young and fuel efficient fleet of Airbus A320 family of aircraft continues to support the airline's dramatic growth at a time when the airline industry as a whole is struggling with the impact of prevailing high fuel prices.'' he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the Qatar Airways Dar es Salaam office will conduct interviews for Tanzanians who wish to work with the airline facilities of Doha and Muscat. Pritt Chibole, Tanzania area manager of Qatar Airline told The Citizen in Dar es Salaam that Tanzanians who wish to work with the airline outside the country in areas such as catering, cabin crew, aviation services, terminal attendants and duty free shops just need to go with their curriculum vitae at the airline offices at along Maktaba/Azikiwe streets.
''We want to contribute to the Tanzanian economy through providing employment. We are not only here for profit. About 600 vacancies need to be filled in the whole by East Africans,'' he affirmed.