DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – South African authorities have impounded an Airbus 220-300 plane leased by Tanzania’s nationwide flag provider, the Tanzanian authorities mentioned.
The airplane had been scheduled to fly from the Oliver Tambo Worldwide Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday.
“The airplane was impounded following an order issued by the Gauteng Excessive Courtroom in Johannesburg,” Tanzania’s transport ministry mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
It was not instantly clear why the airplane was seized. Calls to the courts in South Africa went unanswered outdoors of typical enterprise hours.
President John Magufuli has personally taken cost of the revival of loss-making state provider Air Tanzania Firm Restricted (ATCL), spending tons of of hundreds of thousands of buying eight new planes since 2016.
The airline’s current fleet, which is leased from the state-run Tanzania Authorities Flight Company (TGFA), contains one Boeing 787-Eight Dreamliner, two Airbus A220-300 jets and three DHC Sprint Eight-400 plane, previously generally known as the Bombardier Q400 turboprop.
Analysts have mentioned Tanzania’s planes had been put underneath the possession of the TGFA to keep away from doable confiscation of the planes from lawsuits associated to Air Tanzania’s multi-million greenback money owed from earlier suppliers.
“I can affirm that the impounded airplane is an Airbus. The federal government has extra particulars on why the airplane was seized,” ATCL managing director Ladislaus Matindi informed Reuters, confirming the plane was an Airbus 220-300.
“We’ve made preparations for the passengers to board on one other airplane to renew their flight.”
Tanzania has pinned hopes on the revival of the nationwide airline to show the nation right into a regional transport hub and enhance the tourism sector, its largest international change earner.
In 2017 a Canadian development agency, Stirling Civil Engineering Ltd, seized one in every of Tanzania’s new Q400 turbo-prop planes in Canada over a $38 million lawsuit, earlier than it had been delivered.
Stirling’s declare stemmed from a 2010 compensation ruling by the Worldwide Courtroom of Arbitration, a court docket of the Worldwide Chamber of Commerce (ICC), over a highway contract that was terminated earlier than Magufuli turned president.
The Q400 was launched in March 2018 after Magufuli despatched the nation’s prime minister and legal professional basic to Canada to barter it’s launch.
No particulars got on the time, however aviation sources mentioned the federal government reached a monetary settlement to safe the plane.
Writing by Hereward Holland; Modifying by Angus MacSwan