SALAAM ES (Reuters) – The South African authorities leased an Airbus 220-300 aircraft by Tanzania's national flag carrier, the Tanzanian government said.
The plane planned to fly from Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday.
“The airplane was installed after ordering the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg,” said Tanzania's transport ministry in a Friday statement.
It was unclear why the plane was arrested. Calls to the courts in South Africa were not answered outside normal business hours.
President John Magufuli has led the revival of the state carrier that creates losses to Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), spending hundreds of millions of dollars buying eight new planes since 2016.
The current airline fleet, leased from Tanzania's Government Flight Agency (TGFA), includes Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, two Airbus A220-300 jet and three GMP GMP 8-400 aircraft, formerly known as Bombardier Q400 turbine.
The analysts have said that Tanzania's planes were owned by TGFA to avoid potential confiscation of aircraft from multi-million Air Tanzania debt jurisdictions from previous suppliers.
“I can confirm that the trapped plane is Airbus. The government has more detail on why the aircraft was seized, ”said ATCL managing director Ladislaus Matindi, with Reuters, confirming that Airbus was 220-300.
"We have decided that passengers will board on another flight to return to flight."
Tanzania hopes to revitalize the national airline to transform the country into a regional transport hub and boost the tourism sector, its largest foreign exchange earner.
In 2017, a building company in Canada, Stirling Civil Engineering Ltd, captured Tanzania's new Q400 turbo-prop planes in Canada over a $ 38 million address, before delivery.
Stirling's claim from the 2010 compensation rule arose at the International Court of Arbitration, a court of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), over a road contract concluded before Magufuli became president.
The Q400 was issued in March 2018 after Magufuli's prime minister and general attorney sent the country to Canada to negotiate.
No data was given at the time, but aviation sources said that the government had reached a financial arrangement to secure the aircraft.
Written by Hereward Holland; Edited by Angus MacSwan
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