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Precision Air is based in Tanzania, and 41% owned by Kenya Airways and 43% owned by its founder, Mr Michael Shirima. It no longer operates flights from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam.
15 Oct 2013 : It seems Tanzania's government are going to leave it to Kenya Airways to rescue Precision Air: “The issue here is that we came to realise that Kenya Airways has a direct hand in the operations of Precision Air... that’s where the problem arises,” Mr Khamis Kagasheki, Minister of Tourism
19 Aug 2013 : According to an Africa Review report, Precision Air is looking to borrow USD32m to enable it to pay aircraft suppliers & service loans from banks. The airline had bought 7 ATR aircraft in 2007 for USD136m and expected to repay the borrowings with proceeds from its listing in 2011, which did not materialise as there was not as much interested in their stock as expected.
3 May 2013 : Following rumours in the media, Precision Air sends out a communique reassuring the public that it is "still in full operation of its route to Zanzibar".
17 Sep 2012 : Precision Air quits flying the JNB - DAR route.
July 2012 : Precision Air commences direct flights from Johannesburg to Zanzibar, on Fridays.
25 May 2012 : Precision Air cancels its Thursday flights from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam, for the month of June 2012.
18 May 2012 : Precision Air begins flights from Dar es Salaam to Lubumbashi & Lusaka.
24 Aug 2011 : Precision Air starts flights from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam, operating 4 times weekly with a Boeing 737-300.
Seven planes are purchased from ATR for USD136m.
1993 : Precision Air is founded by Mr Michael Shirima.
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Precision Air's offices in South Africa are at " Holiday House, 156 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg, 2194, Johannesburg, SA"
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The Precision Airline logo mocks you –everyone knows there is no precision in the timing of local flights in Africa. After another hour delay you finally board the small aircraft. Relief flushes through you as you realise that you will have access to a clean toilette. Staff ready and geared for the flight greets you at the door. Foreigners rush; push to get to their seats. Local seasoned travels hold back, knowing their allocated seats will still be there. In a country where the saying “Hurry, hurry serves no purpose” could become a national anthem you lean back in your chair, enjoying the crisp cool air flowing from the vents. You survey your fellow passengers, no luxury of first class, all travellers equal on this flight. The departure always seems fast after hours of waiting. Safety measures are read in English and KiSwahili. The foreign language rhythmic drumbeats announcing take-off. The flight today is a bit more turbulent than normal. Fresh memories of family members flash through your mind as another bout of air turbulence hits the small aircraft. As compensation you take your drink– the crew do not mind serving seconds on these flights. Should you panic when the seatbelt light keeps on blinking? The calm demeanour of the crew makes you wonder if you are overreacting only to notice a few Bibles being flipped open down the aisle. Seems you might lose your lunch on this trip but thankfully your mind is still intact. Warnings of diseases, drinking water and mosquitoes not deterring the cry of a new challenge, adventure, living the dream in Africa. You bite into your sandwich, savouring it knowing bread made with bread flour a commodity in Mwanza. Enjoy the last bits of comfort in the air as you wave goodbye to luxury. The pilot expertly handles the controls through clouds and brooding thunderstorm. All too soon your favourite part of the trip arrives. Mwanza airport. Newbies lean over eager to take photos. Wonder fill their eyes. You remember your first time – amazement at its small size, fear of the unknown, excitement as the wheels strike the tarmac. You are thankful that the seasonal rain allowed the runway to remain open long enough to touch down. The doors open and the hot air embrace you, you smile, welcome back. You happily skip over to the baggage collection. Chaos unfolds with no conveyer and way too many porters grabbing bags. Porters drag any bag around, hoping to find the owners and make some money out of it. You find your bag before any of them can – luck is on your side. Giving the confused passengers at the immigration office an encouraging smile as they try and unravel the mystery of how their travel agent missed the additional charges payable now. Welcome to East Africa where your flight in kicks off to great adventure.
Written by Odine Ferreira
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