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Fastjet begins flights to Zambia

A Fastjet Airbus A319 on the company's first commercial flight between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka, 1 February 2014.

Low cost carrier Fastjet today began flights between its hub at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the Zambian capital, Lusaka. Today’s flight left Dar es Salaam at 1039hrs East African Time and landed at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka, two hours later at 1147hrs Central Africa Time. Fastjet will fly between Dar and Lusaka […]

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Fastjet goes live on global distribution systems

Passengers disembark from a Fastjet A319 in Tanzania.

Travellers and travel agents across the world now have access to Fastjet flights through all key Global Distribution Systems (GDS), including Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport. This was accomplished after Fastjet successfully integrated itself with Hahn Air Systems’ e-alliance product. Over 91,000 travel agents and tour operators worldwide can now access the entire Fastjet network. “This […]

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[VIDEO] Ethiopian 767 leaves Arusha’s short runway

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER is seen at Arusha's airport after making an emergency landing on 18 December 2013. Photo by Regional Air, Tanzania.

Ethiopian Airlines has managed to remove one of their Boeing 767s from Arusha Airport despite fears that the runway was too short for the aircraft. Video from this afternoon shows the 767 comfortably taking off from the 1,620 metre long (5,315 feet) asphalt runway. Check out this video by Sameer Kermalli (@samirius). The Ethiopian Airlines […]

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Arusha Airport closed after Ethiopian B767 makes emergency landing

The nose wheel of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 is seen stuck in the mud next to the runway at Arusha's airport following an emergency landing on 18 December 2013. Photo by Regional Air, Tanzania.

Arusha’s airport has been closed after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 made an emergency landing at about mid day today. No casualties have been reported. The B767-300ER was on Flight ETH815, a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). JRO is located about 50 kilometres from where the aircraft made its […]

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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


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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