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Name: PRECISIONAIR
7JetSet7 Code: PRT
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: DAR ES SALAAM
Country: TANZANIA
Employees 120
Web: precisionairtz.com
Email: pwmanagement@precisionairtz.com
Telephone: +255 222860701
Fax: +255 222860725
Sita: ARKRRPW
Background
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Click below for data links:
PRT-2004-09-737-300 OPS-A
PRT-2004-09-737-300 OPS-B
PRT-2004-09-737-300 OPS-C
PRT-2005-01-EAST AFRICA
PRT-MAP STATS
PRT-MAP-EAST AFRICA
PRT-TANZANIA AIRPORTS - 2013-03
PRT-TANZANIA TOP 12 AIRLINES - 2013-03

FORMED IN 1991 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1994. A K A PRECISION AIR SERVICES. DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
QUALITY PLAZA BUILDING
NYERERE ROAD
P O BOX 70770
DAR-ES-SALAAM, TANZANIA

The United Republic of Tanzania (Jamhouri ya Mwungano wa Tanzania), including the half-autonomous island of Zanzibar) was established in 1964, it covers an area of 945,087 sq km, its population is 30 million, its capital cities are Dodoma and Dar-es-Salaam, and its official languages are Swahili and English.

JANUARY 1996: DATA IS MANAGED BY BARRY GLOVER AIRCRAFT INTERNATIONAL RECORDS LTD.

1 727-212 (21460), EX-MEZEL AIR (MEZ). MAINTAINED BY ATC LASHAM (ATD).

727-212 (21460) WET-LEASED TO TWINJET AIRCRAFT, BASED AT LONDON LUTON AIRPORT.

(http://www.twinjet.co.uk). (jets@twinjet.co.uk).

OCTOBER 1996: MOVED HQ FROM NUTLEY, WEST SUSSEX TO SAFFRON WALDEN IN ESSEX.

NOVEMBER 1999: STARTED SCHEDULED SERVICES IN TANZANIA IN COLLABORATION WITH AIR TANZANIA (TNZ).

JANUARY 2000: MOVES ITS HQ FROM SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX TO HORSTED KEYNES, WEST SUSSEX (8 MILES FROM GATWICK).

February 2004: In April 2004, Dar Es Salaam - Johannesburg (737-3U8, 6/week).

737-3U8 (28746, 5Y-KQA), Kenya Airways (KEN) wet-leased.

January 2005: ATR 72-202 (455), ex-Bangkok Air (PGB), ATR leased.

June 2005: Code share with Air Malawi (AML), Blantyre & Dar es Salaam - Dubai.

April 2006: Precision Air (PRT) announced it will inaugurate service from Tanzania to Entebbe (Uganda) in July.

July 2006: Precision Air (PRT) of Tanzania will inaugurate service to Pemba (Mozambique) on July 14th. (PRT) will operate 2x-weekly on Tuesdays & Fridays. Service to Entebbe will start on July 15th with 2 flights a week on Mondays & Saturdays.

August 2006: ATR signed a $97 million contract with Tanzanian carrier Precision Air (PRT) for 3 ATR 42-500s and 3 ATR 72-500s. Deliveries will begin in 2008. These airplanes will replace 4 ATR 42-320s and 2 ATR 72-210s. ATR said it has sold >50 turboprops this year, including some yet-to-be-announced transactions.

June 2007: 1 order ATR 42-500.

July 2007: ATR 72-202 (385, 5H-PAU), ex-(SU-BPT), ATR leased.

February 2008: Precision Air Services (PRT) took delivery of its 1st ATR 72-500. The Tanzanian airline ordered 5 in 2006 and 1 more in 2007; the remaining 5 are to be delivered in 2008 to 2010.

ATR 72-212A (780, 5H-PWA), delivery.

April 2009: ATR 72-212A (866, 5H-PWC), delivery.

July 2009: Kenya Airways (KEN) and its partner, Precision Air (PRT) have reduced their number of flights to Zanzibar to allow for runway refurbishment. The surface will be closed between 1900 hours and 0700 hours for 14 months until August 2010.

ATR 72-212A (880, 5H-PWD), delivery.

December 2009: ATR 72-212A (385, 5H-PAU), returned to ATR.

February 2010: ATR 42-500 (815, 5H-PWE), delivery.

August 2010: ATR 42-500 (819, 5H-PWF, "Bukoba"), delivery.

November 2011: PrecisionAir (PRT) operates scheduled air services for tourists and business traffic between Arusha and 12 other airports in Tanzania, together with flights to neighboring Kenya.

(IATA) Code: PW - 031. (ICAO) Code: PRF (Callsign - PRECISIONAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: Michael Ngaleku Shirima (51%); & Kenya Airways (49%).

Alliances: Air Malawi (AML); Kenya Airways (KEN); & RwandAir (RWA).

Main Base: Arusha airport (ARK).

Hubs: Dar es Salaam airport (DAR); & Mwanza airport (MWZ).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Arusha; Bukoba; Dar es Salaam; Kigoma; Kilimanjaro; Mwanza; Shinyanga; Tabora; & Zanzibar.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Mombasa; & Nairobi.

December 2011: Precision Air Services (PRT) signed a contract for 4 ATR 42-600s and 1 ATR 72-600 airplanes, in a deal valued at $98 million. Delivery of the 50-seat ATR 42-600s will begin in late 2012; the ATR 72-600 will be delivered in 2014, according to ATR.

With this acquisition, (PRT) will bring its fleet of ATRs up to 14 airplanes, making it the largest operator of ATR airplanes in Africa. (PRT) currently operates 5 ATR 72-500s, 2 ATR 42-500s and 2 ATR 42-300s.

(PRT) will utilize the new airplanes to further develop its regional network by adding new routes and frequencies to its domestic market.

(PRT) CEO & Group Managing Director Alfonse Kioko said the “very low fuel burn and the high dispatch reliability of the ATR airplanes are helping us to maintain the level of ticket price necessary for the very strong competition in our market.”

January 2012: Nine African airlines have come together to purchase airplane fuel jointly, a move the carriers believe will increase their leverage and raise the value and quality of fuel being procured.

According to the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the 9 airlines participating in the program include Kenya Airways (KEN), Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), Air Malawi (AML), Air Namibia (NAM), Air Seychelles (ASY), (LAM) Mozambique Airlines, Precision Air (PRT), Rwandair (RWA) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG).

The (AFRAA), which said more of its 32 members could join the program in the future, stated that the joint fuel buying project "is aimed at attaining better and stable unit price of fuel for the participating airlines, assuring quality of the product and supply reliability whilst the relevant fuel suppliers will benefit from higher fuel volumes purchased by airlines. Other areas of focus include addressing the incidents of high taxes, charges and fees levied on fuel, especially in African airports, and lobbying stakeholders for the elimination of monopoly fuel suppliers at some airports."

The carriers will purchase about 700 million liters of fuel in aggregate annually valued at about $1.5 billion. Fuel purchasing contracts for this year have already been jointly negotiated by the nine carriers, the (AFRAA) said. While negotiations are being conducted by the carriers on a joint basis, fuel contracting will still be done by individual airlines.

"The contracts implementation dates will vary, with some airlines starting to purchase fuel under the [jointly] negotiated terms in February 2012," the (AFRAA) stated. "All contracts will, however, end in December 2012 and [be] replaced by new contracts for a full calendar year in 2013 and subsequent years following another bidding, evaluation, negotiation and awarding process to be carried out [jointly by the carriers] during the course of this year."

February 2012: Precision Air (PRT) will increase 4x-daily, Dar es Salaam - Nairobi service to 5x-daily in collaboration with Kenya Airways (KEN), who will operate two flights on board their E190.

June 2012: Precision Air (PRT) has embarked on a $90 million fleet modernization program that includes the delivery of 4 new ATR 42-600s and 1 new ATR 72-600 during the next 2 years, beginning in September.

(PRT) also announced the start of 3x-weekly, Lusaka - Zambia and Lubumbashi - Congo (DRC) 737 service beginning June 22, bringing its destinations to 17. It plans to provide connections from Johannesburg to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam, 4x-weekly.

“Precision Air (PRT)’s new introduction aims at curbing the air transport woes that the Zambian market was facing,” (PRT) Managing Director & (CEO), Alfonse Kioko said.

(PRT) expects the 1st and 2nd ATR airplane to be delivered in September and December, with +2 more to follow in 2013; final delivery is slated for 2014.

October 2012: Sabena Technics (SAB) has signed a component support deal with Precision Air (PRT), covering its ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600s. This is an extension of a 5-year contract, signed in 2010, extended to (PRT)’s 4 new ATR 42-600s and 1 ATR 72-600, which will arrive next month.

November 2012: Precision Air Services (PRT) has taken delivery of the 1st ATR 42-600 to go into scheduled commercial service. It is also (PRT)’s 1st brand new ATR 42-600 series airplane out of 5 (4 ATR 42-600s and 1 ATR 72-600) ordered in December 2011. The official ceremony which took place at the ATR Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, was attended by Alfonse Kioko (CEO) of Precision Air Services (PRT) and Filippo Bagnato ATR (CEO).

The introduction of these new series airplanes will increase its ATR fleet to 14 airplanes thus making (PRT) the largest ATR operator in Africa. (PRT) is keen to further develop its regional network, adding new routes and frequencies to its domestic and regional markets. This fleet expansion will allow (PRT) to offer its passengers the advantages and comfort of the new ATR -600 series ‘Armonia’ cabin.

The airplane’s 1st commercial flight took place upon its arrival in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, when the ATR 42-600 took off for Kilimanjaro.

The 2nd ATR 42-600 will be delivered towards the end of this year with the other deliveries continuing throughout 2013. The handover of the ATR 72-600 is scheduled for 2014.

December 2012: Precision Air ((IATA) Code: PW, based at Dar-es-Salaam airport (DAR)) (PRT) has announced that it would launch 4x-weekly service with its ATR fleet to Songwe International Airport as soon as the new international facility that will replace Mbeya (MBI) airport will be opened. The airport has been under construction for >10 years and the opening date has been postponed several times. It will be Tanzania (TNZ)'s 5th international airport after Dar-es-Salaam (DAR), Kilimanjaro (JRO), Mwanza (MWZ), and Zanzibar (ZNZ) airports.

March 2013: As with many low-cost carrier (LCC) entries into a new market, like that of FastJet (FSJ), there is normally a national carrier who is going to suffer the most at the hands of the newcomer – in Tanzania, it’s the de facto national airline, Precision Air (PRT), which has control of nearly 50% of local market in terms of seats and flights. Indeed, all four of(FSJ)’s start-up routes are also operated by Precision Air (PRT). The network of the domestic turboprop operator ZanAir, will probably be lucky enough to escape the attentions of FastJet (FSJ), as it primarily links secondary airports across the country, with its highest frequency route (50 weekly departures) being the 70 km hop across Dar es Salaam Bay between Zanzibar and the country’s commercial center.

As Precision Air (PRT) currently does not have any long-haul kit, numerous other carriers are sucking passengers out of Tanzania to feed their own respective networks. These include 3 Middle Eastern carriers: Qatar Airways (QTA), Emirates Airline (EAD) and Oman Air (OMR), with the latter offering daily connections from Muscat to Zanzibar, while the remaining 2 airlines are flying to Dar es Salaam (Qatar (QTA), double daily; Emirates (EAD), daily). Within Africa, Kenya Airways (KEN) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) are feeding their respective hubs, while (KLM) and Turkish Airlines (THY) provide the only hub connections to Europe, but as both only operate 5 weekly frequencies, neither is large enough to feature in the Top 12.

Air Tanzania (TNZ) inaugurated services on the 700 km route from Dar es Salaam (DAR) to Moroni (HAH) in the Comoros Islands, on March 25, a route it last served 3 years ago. 3-weekly flights are now offered on the route and operated using a leased 737-200 in competition with Precision Air (PRT)’s service of the same frequency.

SEE ATTACHED - - "PRT-TANZANIA TOP 12 AIRLINES - 2013-03."

December 2016: Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EHD) and Tanzanian carrier Precision Air (PRT) announced a code share agreement, effective December 21 for flights starting January 11, 2017.

(EHD) will place its EY code on (PRT) flights between: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and regional Tanzanian airports Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Mtwara, and Zanzibar; Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam-and Pemba, Mozambique; and on Precision Air (PRT) flights flying between Nairobi - Kilimanjaro and Nairobi - Zanzibar.

In turn, (PRT) will place its PW code on (EHD)’s daily Dar es Salaam - Abu Dhabi route. “This new code share agreement demonstrates Etihad Airways (EHD)’s growing ambitions to strengthen its operations across the East African region,” (EHD) Chief Strategy & Planning Officer Kevin Knight said.

PrecisionAir Service PLC Group Managing Director & (CEO) Saud Rajabu called the agreement “a new dawn for (PRT).”

PrecisionAir (PRT) initiated a fleet modernization program in 2012 and was the 1st commercial customer for the 48-seat ATR 42-600 turboprop. (PRT)’s operating fleet as of March 2016 comprised 11 aircraft, including 5 70–seat ATR 72-500s, 2 48-seat ATR 42-500s, 2 ATR 42-600s, 1 ATR 42-320 and 1 Cessna 208B. An additional ATR 42-600 and +2 additional 78-seat ATR 72-600s remain on order.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
PRT-737-3U8 2004-04
PRT-ATR 42-320
PRT-ATR 42-600 - 2011-12
PRT-ATR 72-212A - 2011-10
PRT-ATR 72-FEB08
PRT-LET410UVP - 2004-10

September 2017:

1 727-212 (SUPER 27, JT8D-217C/17 HUSHKITTED) (1340-21460, /78 P4-SKI), EX-(SIA)/(MEZ), MAINT BY (ATD) LASHAM, WET-LST (TWJ) 1996-01. VIP. 53F.

0 737-3U8 (CFM56-3C1) (2863-28746, /97 5Y-KQA), (KEN) WET-LSD 2004-02. RTND. 16F, 100Y.

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3B1) (1941-24770, /90 5H-PAZ), AIRPLANES GROUP LSD 2008-04. 2016-10 (FOR SALE OR LEASE (lnadeau@etran.aero)).116Y.

2 ATR 42-320 (PW121) (203, /90 5H-PAK; 308, /92 5H-PAA "CITY OF ARUSHA;" 384, /94 5H-PAG), 203 RTND. 47Y.

2 ATR 42-500 (PW127M) (815, /10 5H-PWE "KIGOMA;" 819, /10 5H-PWF "BUKOBA"), 48Y.

2 +2 ORDERS ATR 42-600, 48Y.

5 ATR 72-212A (ATR72-500) (PW127M) (385, /07 5H-PAU; 455, /95, 2005-01; 780, /08 5H-PWA; 834, /08 5H-PWB; 866, /09 5H-PWC - - SEE PHOTO - - "PRT-ATR72-212A - 2011-10;" 880, /09 5H-PWD "ZANZIBAR;" 923, /10 5H-PWG "KILIMANJARO"), EX-(PGB), ATR LSD. 385; RTND 2009-12. TO (UBD) 2010-09. 385; 455; RTND. 70Y.

1 +2 ORDERS ATR 72-600 (2014-02).

3 LET 410UVP-E20 (M-601E) (922711, /92 5H-PAC; 871811, /87 5H-PAD; 982631, /98 5H-PAE), 19Y.

1 CESSNA 208B GRAND CARAVAN (PT6A-114A) (0754, /99 5H-PAF; 0400, /94 5H-PAI), 0400 RTND. 11Y.

Management:
(definitions)

MICHAEL SHIRIMA, CHAIRMAN.

SAUD RAJABU, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR.

CHARLES OGOLIA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

PHILLEMON KISAMO, GENERAL MANAGER.

SAMUEL KYEJO, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR & CHIEF PILOT.

JOY NYABONGO, MARKETING MANAGER.

BARRY GLOVER, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT INDEPENDENT RECORDS,
(airltd@aol.com) (HORSTED KEYNES, WEST SUSSEX).

 
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