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Fastjet suspends flights in Angola, scales back on Ghana

A Fly540 ATR 42-300. Photo by Andrew Thomas.

Low cost carrier Fastjet announced today that it is suspending operations in Angola as part of internal restructuring aimed at focusing attention on east and southern Africa. One ATR turboprop in Ghana will be sold though Fly540 Ghana will continue operations with a leased aircraft. Fastjet took over Fly540 operations in Tanzania, Angola and Ghana […]

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Kenya Airways executive to join Fastjet two weeks before Jambojet launch

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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.’ 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 […]

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“We are keen to fly in Kenya,” says Fastjet boss

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Fastjet is still keen to bring its low cost carrier model to Kenya, despite initial setbacks that led it to begin operations in neighbouring Tanzania. “We very much hope to be operating to Nairobi early next year subject to government approval,” says Ed Winter, Fastjet’s CEO and Interim Chairman. On the company’s ambitions to become […]

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Fastjet launches second international route during 1st anniversary celebrations

5H-FJC, one of three Airbus A319 jets that Fastjet is operating in Tanzania.

Exactly a year to the day that Fastjet made its first revenue flight, the low cost carrier has announced the launch of its second international route from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The new route to Lusaka comes just over a month after Fastjet began international operations with flights between Dar and Johannesburg, South Africa. Fastjet […]

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Fastjet commences international flights

A Fastjet Airbus A319 on the airline’s first international flight lands at O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg at 1200 SAST, 18 October 2013.

Fastjet commenced international flight operations yesterday, with the airline’s first international flight departing from Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport in Tanzania  for Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa. Flights between Dar and Johannesburg will initially be operated by Fastjet three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, increasing in frequency […]

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Fastjet begins South Africa flights on 18 October

Passengers disembark from a Fastjet A319 in Tanzania.

Fastjet flights to Johannesburg, South Africa, initially scheduled for September 27, will now begin on Friday October 18. This will be the airline’s first international route from Tanzania, almost a year after commencing scheduled domestic flights. The flight, from Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, is scheduled to […]

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Fastjet remains upbeat despite losses

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Despite losses, Fastjet remains convinced of its own viability in the African market, and will continue implementing its strategy of becoming a pan-African low-cost carrier. Fastjet also seems to have put to rest its disputes with Fly540 Kenya. Fastjet has reported a US$24.9 million loss for the six months ending 30 June 2013. This includes […]

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Fastjet to launch international flights in September

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Fastjet will begin selling tickets this week for its first international route which is between Tanzania and South Africa. Flights from Fastjet’s hub in Dar es Salaam to the city of Johannesburg will be available for purchase from 31st July with fares as low as USD$100 (Kshs8,725). Initially, flights on the route will operate 3 […]

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