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TCAA Pull Fastjet Tanzania AOC

Old 18th Dec 2018, 00:57
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According to Dr Wolfgang H Thome, the TCAA has pulled the AOC of Fastjet Tanzania despite it having been sold to Tanzanian investors led by former Home Affairs Minister Lawrence Mwasha, who has been appointed Executive Chairman

Tanzania’s Civil Aviation Authority has delivered a much treasured Christmas present to their ailing national airline by getting rid of competitor Fastjet and clearing the way for ATCL to battle it out with just one remaining scheduled carrier.

https://atcnews.org/?s=Fastjet

Often reported here in the past about the alleged bias of the aviation regulators towards Fastjet, as for instance seen when they jerked the airline around over the registration of ATR aircraft – incidentally operated in the country by Precision Air without any problems – YET. This move cost Fastjet PLC reportedly millions of US Dollars after acquiring the aircraft only to have to dispose of them after months of waiting instead of using their superior operating economics to finally move towards better financial times.
With three ATR’s lined up, which would have also assured a more reliable flight dispatch – the airline’s last such report had a 94 percent punctuality – was the stage set for Fastjet to continue serving the Tanzanian skies and beyond, but officials clearly had other ideas or as is being alleged, different marching orders which included tilting the playing field in favour of the national airline by getting rid of an unwelcome competitor.
It is recalled that earlier in the year, when Fastjet began, twice in fact, to advertise flights to Kigoma, were they compelled to stay off the route ostensibly to leave a monopoly for Air Tanzania, of course able to then charge almost any level of fares given that there is no competitor on the route to keep ticket prices in check.
While a tiny window of opportunity still remains for Fastjet to resume operations, they were given four weeks to submit a new business plan and related documents after Tanzanian citizens had acquired the vast majority of the airline’s shares a few weeks ago, is it highly doubtful, going by aviation pundits from Dar es Salaam, that they will succeed. It was suggested to ATCNews.org that they would have to basically start afresh and come to the regulators with the begging bowl in hand while in contrast the national treasury is showering the national airline with tax payers money.

Who will be next in the cross hairs of these so called regulators, who, by the look of it, have turned into a demolition squad rather than promoting air transport in the country. Watch this space to find out!
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 11:47
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Tanzanian national daily, The Citizen doesn’t seem particularly optimistic about the future of Fastjet Tanzania. It looks as if the combination of incompetent management and a protectionist,hostile government, have finally killed it off. I feel sorry for all the workers who must be worried about their future.

https://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-T...v1z/index.html

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Old 18th Dec 2018, 22:06
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Well, what a complete coincidence - Fastjet grounded, Air Tanzania announces extra flights to Mwanza, Mbeya and Kilimanjaro ..... and the first ATCL Airbus A330-200;arriving this weekend. If anyone doubted that Tanzania is returning to the bad old days of the command economy, this should prove it!

https://atcnews.org/2018/12/18/airta...-fastjet-exit/
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All looks completely above board I see.
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Tanzania strikes again! What a bunch of self serving, non productive louts. Bring the guillotine!
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The second ATCL A223 has now arrived, so present order book complete.

i hear rumours that ATCL is now short of staff and looking at recruiting from the military for some pilot and Ops posts. Has anyone else heard these rumours?
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Thumbs down Fastjet Tanzania Loses ASL

It seems likely that Fastjet Tanzania is on the verge of disappearing as the TCAA are putting a mountain of obstacles in the way of renewal of the Air Service Licence, due to expire on 31 January, taking into account the 28 day grace period the airline was given after actual expiry date of 3 January

https://atcnews.org/2019/01/28/fastj...ng-going-gone/
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I really pity Tanzania.
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Fastjet Tanzania will be required to apply for a new Air Services Permit (ASP) after its original one expired on January 3, the head of the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has said.

Speaking to The Citizen newspaper, Hamza Johari said that the dormant LCC had failed to meet the air transport regulator's criteria, including payment of licence fees and the settlement of the debt it owes the TCAA. According to him, Fastjet owes the TCAA, other service providers, and assorted creditors a total of TZS7 billion (USD3.028 million). The regulator has since barred one of the E190s Fastjet had been leasing from GECAS - 5H-FJH (msn 19000167) - from being returned to the lessor pending full payment of its dues.

The TCAA grounded Fastjet in December last year citing a number of shortcomings including a lack of aircraft, frequent flight cancellations, and a lack of suitably qualified personnel.

On December 17, 2018, the TCAA gave Fastjet 28 days (i.e. until January 14, 2019) to resolve the oversights. Aside from addressing its capitalization woes, the regulator also required Fastjet to submit a robust business plan and to appoint a suitably qualified Accountable Manager.

However, Johari said the plan that Fastjet submitted on December 22 did not adequately prove, to the regulator's satisfaction, that the airline had sufficient funding to resume flights. Furthermore, Lawrence Masha, who acquired control of the airline from fastjet plc in November last year, had attempted to appoint himself as Accountable Manager despite being unqualified for the role.

The director general added that even after advising the airline to appoint a properly qualified person to the position by the January 14 deadline, Fastjet failed to do so.

"Fastjet requested for more time to prepare themselves so that they can sort out the matter. We agreed - and we are ready to advise them because our goal is to give room for locals to invest in the aviation industry so that we can have healthy, effective competition," he said.

"They will have to apply for a new licence if and when they are able and ready to do so. We are willing to give them all the support needed."

Masha was not immediately available for comment but has previously confirmed the search for new investors is underway.
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Tanzania strikes again!!! Any attempt to conduct business in a professional, graft free and first world mentality is doomed to fail. It will be sabotaged by people that have never produced anything and milked by those whose long term planning means next week. There’s a guillotine and a prison waiting for fat buerocrats, sweating in suits and chauffeured in land cruisers. The CAA and the “management” of Air Tanzania are laughing at their good fortune whilst drinking clear liquor in a plastic chair in some dingy outdoor bar that’s painted concrete in neon colors. Bongo flava is playing through blown speakers and girls with big bums are languidly dancing to distorted music, while sipping warm beer next to them. There’s a boy that was sent out to buy more beer and some chiparti from an Indian store nearby.
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