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About Air Excel

Air Excel was a regional airline based in Tanzania. The airline was founded in 1997 and operated scheduled and charter flights to destinations across Tanzania and the surrounding region. Air Excel was based at Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport.

Air Excel was known for its commitment to providing affordable, safe, and convenient air travel to travelers in Tanzania and the surrounding region. The airline operated a fleet of aircraft, including the Cessna Grand Caravan and the Embraer Brasilia, serving destinations in Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, and other countries in East Africa.

In addition to its passenger services, Air Excel also offered air cargo services to and from Tanzania and other destinations in the region. The airline was committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and security, operating under the regulations set by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Despite its focus on affordability and convenience, Air Excel was forced to cease operations in the early 2010s, due to economic challenges and increasing competition in the African aviation market. The legacy of Air Excel lives on, however, and its commitment to providing safe, convenient, and affordable air travel remains an inspiration to the aviation industry in Africa.

Overall, Air Excel was an important player in the Tanzanian aviation market, helping to bring quality air travel to the region and supporting the growth of the local economy. Its focus on affordability, safety, and convenience will be remembered as a hallmark of the airline and an inspiration to the aviation industry in Africa.

Air Excel’s Services

Air Excel airlines specialises in private air-charter services within Tanzania and East Africa.

The airline also offers scheduled services, between stunning locations, such as the Kopje strewn savannah plain of the Serengeti, to the beautiful turquoise seas and sandy beaches of Zanzibar. Scheduled routes include transfers to/from Arusha, to the Northern Parks circuit (Tarangire, Manyara, Serengeti), as well as to/from the major international airports of Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam.


Air Excel Destinations

Domestic Destinations

The airline offers domestic scheduled services, and flies to the following destinations within Tanzania:


  • Arusha
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Grumeti
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Kogatende
  • Kuro
  • Lobo
  • Manyara
  • Ndutu
  • Sasakwa
  • Serengeti South
  • Seronera
  • Zanzibar


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Air Excel Baggage

Carry-on Baggage Allowance


Air Excel permit one personal item on their flights, weighing a maximum of 2kgs. Examples of items that can be brought as a personal carry-on item are:

  • A lady’s handbag or purse and a reasonable amount of reading material for the flight.
  • A laptop computer or and I-pad.
  • An overcoat, wrap or blanket.
  • A small camera, binoculars, iPod, Kindle or similar.


Checked Baggage

Air Excel checked luggage specifications are as follows:

  • 1 Piece per person with a maximum weight of 30lbs / 13.5 Kgs.
  • Soft (all sides) luggage / duffel bags – with no rigid sides. Avoid luggage with wheels if possible.
  • Maximum luggage weight is 15 kg (33pounds) including all carry-on luggage.
  • Maximum luggage size is Height 25 cm x Width 30 cm x Length 62 cm.
  • Linear dimensions of the checked luggage not to exceed 45 linear inches / 114cms, (length + height + width)


Excess Baggage

Air Excel will charge for excess baggage at their discretion, after taking into consideration the aircraft being used and the number of passengers booked. When excess baggage is carried it will be charged at the prevailing rate.


Air Excel Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Air Excel are yet to offer online check-in for their flights.


Airport Check-In

Check-in for Air Excel flights opens one hour before the flight, closing 15 minutes before departure time.



Class Fares

Standard Seating

The airline operates light aircraft. There is a limited number of standard (Economy) seats.

Air Excel Fleet

The current fleet of Air Excel consists of the following aircraft:

  • CESSNA 208B
  • LET 410

Hub Airport

Arusha Airport

Arusha Airport is the airport which serves Arusha, in Tanzania. In 2015, it served over 140,000 passengers, but in the past has served nearly 190,000. It is currently served by 6 airlines; As Salaam Air, Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, Precision Air, Regional Air, Tropical Air and ZanAir.

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