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Kenya Airways executive to join Fastjet two weeks before Jambojet launch

A senior executive at Kenya Airways will join Tanzania-based low cost carrier Fastjet next March, two weeks before Kenya Airways launches its own low cost carrier under the brand name ‘Jambojet.’

Jimmy Kibati

Jimmy Kibati

According to yesterday’s (21 February) surprise announcement by Fastjet, Jimmy Kibati has been appointed General Manager for East Africa and will be based at Dar-es-salaam. Jimmy is now Acting Commercial Director at Kenya Airways.

“I am absolutely delighted that we have recruited such a high calibre airline executive to spearhead Fastjet’s expansion in East Africa,” said Ed Winter, Fastjet’s Interim Chairman and CEO.

Fastjet, which aims at becoming a pan-African low cost carrier, was to launch in Kenya in 2012 but changed plans and began operations in Tanzania. Fastjet flies to five cities in Tanzania and has international flights linking Dar-es-salaam with South Africa and Zambia. The airline confirmed last December that it is still interested in operating in Kenya, East Africa’s biggest economy.

Meanwhile, Kenya Airways is to launch its low cost subsidiary on 1 April 2014. Jambojet will first fly domestically but is expected to expand to regional routes, including Tanzanian destinations such as Dar-es-salaam and Zanzibar.

Worth noting is that Jambojet’s slogan, “Now you can fly,” is almost similar to Fastjet’s slogan, “Now everyone can fly.”

“Jimmy’s vast experience in the East African aviation market will be invaluable as we fulfil our goal of becoming a truly pan-African low cost airline,” said Fastjet’s Ed Winter.

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2 thoughts on “Kenya Airways executive to join Fastjet two weeks before Jambojet launch

  • olempapayi says:

    This are goods news at long last. Middle class like us now will be able to sleep in Kajiado county, business lunch in Mombasa and the wine and dine in Nairobi.

  • stanley obwoyele says:

    These is good news considering our bad economy.at last we have an altermative.but do let people know the charges in advance