Monday, September 10, 2012

► TANZANIA: AeroVista looks to expand as Tanzanian AOC is awarded for its B737s.

AerovistaAeroVista's Tanzanian subsidiary, currently embroiled in a dispute with Tanzanian national carrier Air Tanzania (TC) over a cancelled lease for its Boeing 737-500 (MSN 27354 | 4L-AJB), has applied for and received an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority for its Boeing 737s. The certificate is essentially an approval granted from a national aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes.

AeroVista's AOC from the Tanzanian CAA for Boeing 737s
AeroVista's AOC from the Tanzanian CAA (AeroVista)

The Aerovista group of companies has been operating for more than 13 years and has divided into two essential divisions: Aerovista (UAE) and Vista Georgia (Georgia). Aerovista is the management arm of the group, an integrated leasing operator, providing charter and leasing solutions to start up airlines as well as full scope of aviation related services, whilst Vista Georgia is the operating arm of the group, conducting charter and leasing projects throughout the Middle East, CIS and North Africa regions.

According to the company's Facebook, now that the company has its AOC, it is looking into "a new level of expansion, and this is ‘one’ step, it is the biggest step, in moving forward.

Tanzania's local and regional aviation scene has seen strong growth in the last year or so with the Tanzanian CAA considering various investments into the upgrading of the country's aviation infrastructure. Following the above mentioned imbroglio between Air Tanzania and AeroVista, the country's only real prominent airline at present is Precision Air (PW).