Air Tanzania has announced that it will temporarily curtail and suspend some of its operations due to the grounding of some of its A220-300 aircraft due to “technical” engine problems.
“Given the global technical challenges of the PW1524G-3 engine used in the Airbus A220-300 aircraft and considering safety requirements, we have followed professional guidelines to provide quality and safety services,” the airline said in a public statement. on November 10, 2022.
“To ensure our flights operate as scheduled, we will be reducing the number of flights and canceling some flights depending on the number of flights available. This decision is temporary to give engine manufacturers time to resolve existing issues,” the airline continued.
The national airline said it needed to remove the affected planes from service to meet the demands of the engine manufacturers. However, it did not specify which flights and destinations would be affected.
Air Tanzania operates four Airbus A220-300s alongside one Dash 8-Q300, five Dash 8-Q400s and two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, according to the airline’s website.
According to a report by Air Insight Group, the airline currently operates only one of its four A220 aircraft. The engine problems are not unique to the airline, the report added.
Speaking to Air Insight, Ladislaus Matindi, CEO of Air Tanzania, said the issues affect all PW1500G and PW1900G Pratt and Whitney engine operators. Air Tanzania was “far down” in the manufacturer’s repair queue, Matindi added.
“Until the engines are in the repair shop, we can’t know exactly when we will get relief.” And since this problem is not specific to Air Tanzania but affects all GTF operators, we don’t even have enough spare engines to keep us running because the affected engines are visiting the repair shop,” said Matindi in an interview with Air Insight Group.
Dar es Salaam-based Air Tanzania was the first Airbus A220 customer in Africa. The airline expects to add one Dash 8 Q400, two Boeing 737 MAX 9s, one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and one Boeing 767 Freighter to its fleet by the end of 2023.