Coastal Aviation

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Coastal Aviation
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1987
Hubs Julius Nyerere International Airport
Fleet size 30
Destinations 42
Company slogan The Flying Safari Company
Headquarters Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Coastal Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan

Coastal Aviation is a charter airline that has operated East African flying safaris out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, since 1987. When it was founded, Coastal recognized the opportunity to move into the tourism industry, but instead of investing in vehicles reliant on major national investments in roads, bridges and tourism infrastructures, Coastal developed a scheduled flying safari network capable of accessing the remotest parts of East Africa, not yet reachable by roads.

After starting with a single aircraft operating between Dar es Salaam and Selous Game Reserve, Coastal has evolved into a leader of flying safaris in East Africa with a fleet of 30 aircraft and flights to 42 destinations spanning across Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda.

Coastal’s fleet includes 4 types of aircraft: Cessna 208, Cessna 206, Cessna 172 and Pilatus PC-12



Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Dolly for Kiligolf, Kigali, Kilimajaro, Kilwa, Mafia, Manyara, Pemba, Ruaha, Rubondo, Saadani, Selous-lower, Selous-upper, Serengeti- Fort Ikoma, Serengeti- Lamai, Serengeti- Lobo, Serengeti-Mwiba, Serengeti-Ndutu, Serengeti- Seronera, Serengeti- Singita, Serengeti- South, Songo Songo, Tanga, Tarangire (Kuro), Tarime, West Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar.


Kigali, Rwanda

Nairobi, Kenya


Aircraft Type In Service Orders Notes
Cessna 208 20 - -
Cessna 206 3 - -
Cessna 172 1 - -
Pilatus PC-12 6 - -

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On November 15, 2017, a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan of the Coastal Aviation fleet (Registration 5H-EGG) crashed near the Empakaai volcano in northern Tanzania en route to the Serengeti. According to the first of three press releases from Coastal managing director Julian Edmunds in the 24 hours subsequent to the accident, all 10 passengers aboard died in the accident, alongside the single pilot. Due to the remoteness of the location, the airline also reported initial delays in rescue services and investigators reaching the scene.[1]