Regional Air Services
A recognized leader in the aviation industry in Tanzania, we began in 1997 with one pilot and one aircraft. We are affiliated to the long-established Nairobi-based domestic airline, Airkenya. We are based in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha. Arusha is the starting point of safaris into northern Tanzania.
Our schedule links with Airkenya's flights to and from Nairobi and also with flights to Pemba, Mafia and the Selous from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.
We have considerable experience of moving medium to large groups anywhere in East Africa.
The Company presently employs 37 staff, 10 of whom are pilots. Regional was set up and managed for seven years by one of East Africa's best-known pilots, Iris McCallum. She built a reputation for Regional Air Services based on safety, reliability and friendly efficiency. (Iris was awarded the "Guinness Stout Effort" award for bravery in flying in 1980, an acclaim not endowed on many.)
Setting standards in the industry - we were the first airline to have a turbo-prop fleet of aircraft - Regional Air Services has maintained its poll position amongst the proliferation of air charter companies in Tanzania. Visiting dignitaries and celebrities, have , for the most part, flown with us. Ex President Bill Clinton chartered our aircraft in July this year.
Considered an important factor in the business, each Twin Otter carries a combined passenger/third party liability cover of US$100 million as well as the recent hull war risk cover. The insurance is placed in the London underwriting market through the Company's brokers, Willis.
Our maintenance and engineering is done by Airkenya Engineering in Nairobi, Kenya, which is a workstation approved by the Kenya and Tanzania Directorates of Civil Aviation. All aircraft are fitted with weather avoidance, Ground Proximity warning and traffic collision avoidance systems as well as HF radios to enable communication with our offices..
We have been selected as the personal carrier for a number of multi-national companies like Anglo American, BP, Resolute Mining and Abbot Laboratories. More recently BARRICKS GOLD have four years in a row approved Regional as their preferred carrier. Approval has only been given after conducting thorough technical and operational audits.