Precision Air Reviews


Precision Air Reviews

Precision Air Services Plc is a Tanzanian airline based at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, with a minihub at Mwanza Airport.

Precision Air is the largest airline in Tanzania based on fleet size, destinations served, and passengers carried, having had a market share of 58.8 percent in 2011. The airline operates scheduled passenger services to ten airports in Tanzania as well as to Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia. Precision Air was established in 1993 and began as a private charter air transport company but expanded to serve the growing tourist market. Scheduled services started in November 1999. In 2006, Precision Air became the first Tanzanian airline to pass the IATA Operational Safety Audit. A loan of about US$5 million was being sought in June 2012 from the International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank, to fund fleet expansion. Precision Air was privately owned until 2003, when Kenya Airways acquired a 49 percent stake, paying US$2 million, weeks after its rival South African Airways acquired a 49 percent stake in Air Tanzania for US$ 20 million. The remaining 51 percent was retained by Michael Shirima, the founder of the airline. Precision Air reported in August 2013 that for the year ending 31 March 2013, its maintenance costs increased to 23.6 billion Tanzanian shillings from 11.9 billion for the previous year. The increase was caused primarily by the high cost of maintaining its Boeing 737 fleet.

Precision Air has an interline agreement with Qatar Airways, allowing the latter’s passengers to connect to other East African destinations such as Arusha, Mombasa, Moroni, and Zanzibar via the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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