Too often the history of African national airlines reads like a black comedy of dodgy dealings, rampant cronyism and flagrant corruption. Accordingly very few of the many national carriers have survived. One that has, against the odds, is Air Tanzania, however the airline has certainly had some serious ups and downs and is a very different beast nowadays to when it started.
Unfortunately Tanzania itself was in a right mess by the end of the 1970s. Julius Nyerere, the leader of the unified Tanzania since the early 1960s, followed a programme based on strongly socialist policies known as the Arusha Declaration. Strong ties with Communist China were promoted and collectivism of agriculture undertaken. The size of the state ballooned as it took control over every sector and Nyerere's policies were not only despotic but enabled huge levels of corruption.
Dar es Salaam to Athens (707), Antanarivo (737), Bombay (707) Bujumbura (737, Cairo (707), Frankfurt (707), Kigali (737), London Gatwick (707), Mahe(737), Maputo (737), Mauritius (737), Moroni (FKF), Muscat(737) and Rome (707).