FastJet Announces Tanzania as First African Base
Monday, 17 September 2012
FastJet, Africa’s first low-cost carrier, announced that it will establish its first operating base at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The airline will commence flying in November with seats going on sale online a few weeks earlier. Fares will be available for as low as USD20 one-way excluding taxes and charges.

The lease for FastJet’s first Airbus A319 aircraft has been signed with lessor BBAM and will arrive in Dar es Salaam next month. Recruitment for crew and ground staff is already well advanced.

FastJetChief Executive Ed Winter said: ‘Our initial focus will be on East Africa with the airline’s first base at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the A319 aircraft has already been approved by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority. This will be followed by a second base in Nairobi, Kenya, once the A319 is approved there. We look forward to bringing a great, reliable and affordable service to the people of East Africa.’

Once established in East Africa, FastJet has plans to launch in Accra, Ghana, and Luanda, Angola.

FastJetPlc is the holding company for African airline Fly540, which operates from four bases in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Angola. Fly540 currently has 10 aircraft serving around 25 domestic and regional destinations, carrying approximately 750,000 passengers per year.



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