Omoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4326 times:
from the wire.......
The governments of Tanzania and South Africa have agreed to separate the ailing Air Tanzania Corporation from South African Airways.
The Tanzanian government has already received a report from a technical committee appointed to investigate the status of its national carrier, which was partly privatised in 2002 after South African Airways bought 49 per cent of its shares for $20 million.
Tanzania Infrastructure Minister Basil Mramba last week said the government was working to "serve its national interests."
Mr Mramba added, "I’ll let you know what has been decided when the time comes. For now, we are still working on on the matter."
Speaking from Johannesburg, South African Airways spokesman Jacqui O’Sullivan said the carrier was at last week still holding discussions with the government over the status of the partnership between the two carriers.
"The discussions are at a formative stage and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the outcome of the process," she told The EastAfrican. However, Ms O’Sullivan said the challenges at ATCL arise from a multiplicity of causes, and SAA cannot take the blame for its failure.
The Tanzania government last month set up a technical committee to look into separating the two airlines.
The report has not been made public yet, but it is expected to advise the government on how to sustain the airline until a new disposal strategy is sought.
Gaynor Kast, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Enterprises in South Africa said an agreement had been reached between the two countries to facilitate an expeditious and mutually acceptable disengagement by SAA from its Tanzanian counterpart, to secure expeditious return of ATCL aircraft under repairs in South Africa, and to provide for continued commercial co-operation between the two airlines. "The process of negotiation of a share sale is soon to commence, and until the key terms and conditions have been finalised, any further comment will be premature," she said.
The technical committee, led by Nshoya Magoti – a consultant with the Presidential Parastatal Sector Reform Commission – included experts from Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, ATCL, Tanzania Airports Authority, Ministry of Planning, Economy and Empowerment, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.
While the government ponders its decision over the inevitable split, ATCL is on the verge of collapsing.
Recently, it reduced its flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar, Mwanza and Johannesburg due to its growing incapacity to handle passengers.
Two of its aircraft are in South Africa for maintenance and pledges by SAA to bring in three more Boeing aircraft into the partnership have not materialised.
PM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7007 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4209 times:
Good. Now time for BA to move into Dar and establish a Oneworld hub through an investment in ATC. Give them some ex-BA 737s and 767s and some of the managers that Willie is letting go. (Well, it's an idea...)
Look, 600Km to the north we have Kenya Airways buying and filling new 777s. There is absolutely no reason why an airline based in Dar with proper management, an appropriate fleet, etc., etc. could not succeed. The problem will be getting from here to there but the potential certainly exists.
Antskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 936 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4190 times:
According to their web site, Air Tanzania (http://www.airtanzania.com/index.htm) only services Jo-burg, Entebbe, and the Comoros (http://www.legalawa.com/) at the moment from its hub in Dar es Salaam. It is a distinctly regional airline, and small at that. Kenya Airways (http://www.kenya-airways.com/root/pages/English/Home.asp) does all this (except Comoros) and much more with a modern fleet that include modern wide-body planes. They are an international airline in the true sense. The whole East African air transport problem is crying out for co-operation amongst and Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. There has been some return to wider East African co-operation since its mutual self-destruction years ago. See the progress at http://www.eac.int/. The Lake Victoria Development Programme (http://www.eac.int/lvdp/) to re-establish Lake Victoria as the immensely important water transport hub it once was could be an example for air transport to get together to build a well-founded and coherent East Africa-wide air transport iinfrastructure that each country needs. Kenya seems to think it can do it alone with its successful Kenya Airways. With Kenya Airways as the heart of a new airline structure, they could do so much more. The release of Air Tanzania from its strange alliance with a South African airline with interests far from those of Dar es Salaam could be just the opportunity for governmental iinitiatives towards a new co-operation amongst the three countries. It's the politicians that need to do some work here. How much do their countries need them to!
A330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4165 times:
Look out for a Kenya Airways expansion...
They are quickly becoming the best choice in Sub-Sahara Africa, with a good Hub-and-spoke system, great service, and above all: a SAFETY FIRST culture with top training and the most modern aircraft.
Marambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1162 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4131 times:
Good afternoon gentlemen,
Let me copy you an Air Tanzania press release appeared on today's Dar es Salaam newspaper "The Citizen":
In the last few weeks, reports carried by various publications have suggested that Air Tanzania's rationalized schedule to various destinations of its network is due to its growing incapacity to handle passengers. It is further suggested that as a result of this, ATCL is on the verge of collapse.
ATCL would like to state categorically that the rationalization of the schedule and reduction of frequencies to some destinations has nothing to do with the current shareholder issues nor is it a result of the company's inability to handle passengers.
As much as the airline is faced with capacity constraints due to scheduled maintenance requirements, the decision to rationalize the schedule was taken by the management on commercial and economical reasons and dictated largely by the market forces.
Traditionally, mid January to end of March and part of April is a low season and therefore planned scheduled maintenance of aircraft was deliberately designed to fit into this period of the year. The travel trade and the travelling public at large were informed well in advance of this decision and its eventualities.
No pronounced disruption has occured as a result of this temporary change which is to end by the end of March 2006 (next month) and where there has been any disruption due to this schedule change, passengers have been comfortably provided with suitable alternatives. All destinations on the Air Tanzania network are still being served albeit with less frequencies and capacity to some destinations depending on the market needs.
Where there are slight constraints as a result of unexpected demand, Air Tanzania has proactively put in place arrangements to ensure no passengers are displaced. Through this statement ATCL requests the travelling public to understand that the recent reduction of frequencies and capacity must be delinked from the broader shareholders issues surrounding the company.
Air Tanzania will continue to strive to provide better services in the most efficient way to the satisfaction of our customers and would like to thank you for your support.
The "Wings of Kilimanjaro" lives and continues to fly high.
Air Tanzania - Communications Department
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