Royal Dutch Airline, KLM has launch its first brand new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) direct from Amsterdam, offering a ray of hope to a Tanzania's multi-billion dollar tourism industry on Tuesday 2nd of July 2019.
The maiden landing of the most touted luxurious plane at KIA, a major gateway to Tanzania's northern tourism circuit, with 344 tourists from across Europe, has essentially graced the onset of the tourism high season.
It was greeted with a water salute after having successfully touched the Kilimanjaro airport runway at 7:40 p.m East African Time, as the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner, Dr. Annah Mghwira leading the crowd to cheer the historic landing of the aircraft.
KLM is the first foreign registered airline to operate the B787-10 aircraft at KIA. The aircraft has the same efficient engines as the 787-9. The combination of these engines with the use of lighter materials in the 787-10 means it produces lower carbon emissions and less noise.
"The 787-10's design is highly sophisticated, with large windows and a spacious interior providing much more room and comfort" Dr Mghwira expressed Tanzania's government appreciation to KLM for the great honor of deploying its first new Dreamliner to land at KIA with such considerable number of tourists at the onset of high tourism season.
"This is a vote of confident from KLM and we are reciprocating in kind as we will ensure all holiday-makers are enjoying our attractions hustle free," she explained, underscoring the need for tour operators to grab the opportunity for offering the tourists the best services.
Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner Dr. Ana Mghwira (centre) in a group photo with KLM and KADCO staff alongside other Government officials
A band from Moshi Police Academy performing to cheer the crowd, passengers and the flight crew
Dr. Ana Mghwira is briefed by KLM cockpit crew during the launch of their B787 at KIA