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Fly540 Kenya in media storm over disabled bishop

A Fly540 Dash 8 at Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

Fly540 Kenya today issued a statement defending itself from allegations that staff made a disabled bishop crawl down one of its aircraft. The allegations were published in the Nairobi News. In the statement, Fly540 Kenya drew attention to its terms and conditions which state (among other things) that it can assist wheelchair passengers, “provided we […]

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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Plane spotted: Fly540 Dash 8

A Fly540 Dash 8 at Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

A Bombardier Dash 8 operated by Fly540 Kenya is seen taxiing at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.

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International flights back at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport


International flights have slowly begun resuming at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), a day after a fierce fire devastated the international arrivals terminal. However, airlines are struggling to clear a backlog in passengers and cargo. Yesterday morning’s fire resulted in the total closure of the airport. Later yesterday, a government statement indicated that JKIA’s […]

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Fastjet ambitions intact despite difficult business environment


Low cost carrier Fastjet has vowed to pursue its ambitions of becoming a pan-African brand but will modify its business strategy as it comes to terms with the continent’s difficult operating environment. Foreign exchange controls, red tape at sea and airports, high passenger taxes, regulation biased in favour of national airlines, court cases and a […]

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Fastjet seeks UK court decision on Fly540 Kenya


Fastjet has gone to the High Court of Justice in England, seeking a declaration of having fulfilled its obligations under the Sale and Purchase Agreement it made with Donald “Don” Smith of Fly540 on 10 June 2012. Fastjet hopes that the court ruling will put to rest a row with Don Smith, which threatens it’s […]

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Fastjet chooses parrot as its mascot and logo. Really?

Fastjet, the latest entrant in Africa’s low cost carrier segment, has chosen the African Grey Parrot for it’s mascot and logo. Not to pour cold water on Fastjet’s efforts but why would they choose the African Grey Parrot out of all the wildlife in Africa? “The African Grey is renowned for its intelligence and is […]

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Fastjet records 65% increase in passenger numbers

Fastjet, the parent company of Fly540, recorded a 65% increase in passenger volumes this year, compared to a similar period in 2011. The carrier had 628,312 passengers for the 12 month period ending September 2012. Last year, Fastjet had 379,188 passengers for the period ending September 2011. “We expect to add to passenger numbers from […]

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