Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) is the flag carrier airline of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport.
1977- Establishment:It was established as Air Tanzania Corporation (ATC) in 1977 after the dissolution of East African Airways and has been a member of the African Airlines Association since its inception.
2002-Privatization-The airline was wholly owned by the Tanzanian Government until 2002 when it was partially privatised as per the directive of the Bretton Woods Institutions to implement the country's Structural Adjustment Program. The government therefore reduced its shareholding to 51 percent and entered into a partnership with South African Airways.
2006-Repurchase-The government repurchased the shares in 2006 and it is once again a wholly owned government company. Over the years, it has served a variety of domestic, regional, and intercontinental destinations
2007-Relaunched ATCL -After the partnership between Air Tanzania and South African Airways (SAA) was officially terminated, the government set aside TZS 13 billion for Air Tanzania to start using its own ticket stock (number 197) instead of the stock of SAA (number 083), changing revenue systems and fuel services, preparing e-ticketing and accounts systems, using a new trademark, and clearing outstanding debts. ATCL started using its own ticket stock. In mid-July, the airline started using electronic ticketing as required by the International Air Transport Association
2008- Lose of AOC:The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) withdrew Air Tanzania's Air Operator Certificate because the airline had failed to meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Two weeks later, the International Air Transport Association banned the air carrier from all aviation transactions and informed all travel agencies and other aviation companies to stop all transactions with Air Tanzania until further notice.
2009 AOC Restoration: The certificate was restored, with both the TCAA and Air Tanzania claiming there had never been any doubt about the airworthiness of its aircraft.
2011-Grounded: Air Tanzania was effectively grounded in March 2011, after its sole remaining operational aircraft, literally stranded due to the company having failed to plan forward to have a suitable aircraft leased for the duration. At the same time the other Bombardier Q300 was undergoing a heavy C-check at ATCL's
2011-Flight Resumption: Air Tanzania resumed flying in November 2011 following the return of the aircraft.
2013-Moreflghts: Air Tanzania restarted operations to Kigoma on 10 January 2013, by using its Bombardier Q300. The airline has plans to begin operating flights to Arusha, Songwe, Zanzibar, and Mwanza.
2016-New planes: two Bombardier Q400 planes purchased by the government of Tanzania landed at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) from Canada