Air Tanzania recently took delivery of a Boeing 787, which is a big move for the airline, given that they previously just had turboprops. The airline is presently using the 787 to operate domestic flights within Tanzania, but soon hopes to fly the 787 to Mumbai and Guangzhou. I’ll be curious to see when that actually happens, since you’d think they’d want to start selling and marketing the flight.
.@AirTanzania has taken delivery of their first #Boeing 787-8 #Dreamliner. It is the first widebody airplane to join the fleet of 'The Wings of Kilimanjaro'. #avgeek #Africa pic.twitter.com/cmHiJTchP4
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) July 8, 2018
Obviously the 787 is a big point of national pride for Tanzania, and the government spent a lot of money on the plane. That’s why I can’t help but find a story by The Citizen (a Tanzanian English news site) about the Air Tanzania 787 to be incredibly enjoyable to read, for a variety of reasons.
One of the main reasons I find this story to be so enjoyable to read is because I think many of us take planes like the 787 for granted nowadays, given that it has been around for almost a decade. However, in Tanzania it’s still quite a novelty.
Inside the Dreamliner, the cabin crew knows how to be hospitable and friendly to all passengers, making one feel like part of the Dreamliner team from the heart-warming conversation that make a passenger feel at home even if flying in the economy class. Although to some extent, the cabin crew didn’t have that much confidence.
The interior design and arrangement can be testified as “stuff from foreign lands” since we are only used to designs that serve as second best, but this is purely and clearly a standard set by the President and the team involved to bring out the snake out of its hole.
Then they mention a few things that are missing on the Dreamliner, which I find to be puzzling:
A few things that are missing on board are the controls button to call on the cabin crew. In case one needs any help. And also, there isn’t any headsets jack hence the entertainment on the screens is not in any way enjoyed.
Do the Air Tanzania 787s really not have headphone jacks and flight attendant call buttons? I can’t imagine that’s the case, that they’d pay for personal televisions but not have headphone jacks.
On the plus side, the sound and lighting are excellent, like a high profile conference call and a chief’s tent:
The lights and sound quality inside the Dreamliner is far better than most planes. The announcements sound clean than a high profile phone call or conference call while the lights bring in the ambiance of a prominent chief’s tent.
Reading this, I can’t help but feel like there are a lot of parallels between this and Marilyn Hagerty’s 2012 review of the long-awaited Olive Garden in Grand Forks.