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FASTJET first revenue flight took-off in Tanzania.

As it was planned, today 29TH NOV,  FastJet  has eventually started its operations in Tanzania when its first revenue flight took off from Dar es Salaam (DAR) to Mwanza (MWZ). Flight FN0161 from DAR to MWZ departed around 06:00a.m LT on a full boarded Airbus A319-111, 5H-FJA. Fastjet A319 5H-FJA (behind Precisionair's B737) being pushed back ready for departure flight FN0161 DAR-MWZ. Later today, another flight will take off from Dar es Salaam (DAR) to Kilimanjaro (JRO). This is expected to be done using Airbus A319-112, 5H-FJB which is already positioned at the ramp at Julius Nyerere International Airport.  We are now experiencing a new era in air travel in Tanzania and Africa at large.

TAA Challenged to Expand Mwanza, Kilimanjaro Airports.

THE Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) has been challenged to adequately expand Mwanza and Kilimanjaro airports to cope with the expected increase of passengers. Deputy Minister for Transport Dr Charles Tizeba threw the challenge in Dar es Salaam at the launch of Fastjet's low cost service. He said that with the inauguration of the low cost carrier, the number of passengers will go up tremendously, thus a need to improve facilities at the two airports. He said at the launch of the airline's Airbus A319 at Julius Nyerere International Airport that the government expects TAA to take up the challenge seriously. "You should make sure that no passenger fails to travel because of congestion at any of the airports", he said. He asked Fastjet to make sure that its customers are aware of the difference in services with conventional air services currently being offered by other companies. He said the government is impressed that Fastjet has chosen Julius Nyerere Internat

Fastjet inaugural flight,a new era of low cost travel begins in East Africa.

The first aeroplane in   Fastjet  ( LON:FJET ) livery took to the skies at an aerospace industry event in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. The   Fastjet   Airbus A319 was watched by company executives, government officials and aviation experts as it was put through its paces. fastjet 's inaugural non-commercial flight welcomes celebrities, press and members from the Ministry of Transport on board, including fastjet CEO Ed Winter and Deputy Minister of Transport for Tanzania Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba. (fastjet) The African no-frills airline is to commence flight operations in Tanzania on Thursday of this week. “Today is an incredibly exciting day not just for   Fastjet , but for Tanzania and Africa as a whole," claimed Fastjet   chief executive, Ed Winter. Winter, who was chief operating officer at UK low-cost operator   easyJet  ( LON:EZJ ), added: "For years, the African aviation ‐ market has been significantly underserved, lagging a very long way behind the

Price wars up as airlines compete for supremacy in TANZANIA.

THE battle for supremacy in the country's civil aviation industry is set to intensify, following the entry of low cost carriers in the market. The battle is expected to be mainly between FastJet and the Precision Air. The state-owned Air Tanzania Corporation (ATCL) is crippled as it operates with a single aircraft -- Boeing 737-200. Precision Air is, however, counting on flexibility of its ATR fleet capable to land on underdeveloped airstrips with short runways, which is an advantage over the low cost carrier, which operates a gigantic equipment -- Airbus A319. "The ATR 42-600 is suited to our growth ambitions on the African continent and ably supports our plans to fly new routes and increase frequencies on existing ones. "It affords our passengers excellent cabin comfort, while enhancing operating efficiency," Precision Air Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alfonse Kioko, told a news conference recently. FastJet Chief Comm

Fastjet touches down in Tanzania, prepares for first flight.

African no-frills carrier   Fastjet   first branded Airbus A319 has arrived at its base in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. This is a step ahead of flight operations that takes off next week in Tanzania. The airline’s first flight is scheduled for Thursday, November 29.  Fastjet A319 5H-FJA shortly after landing in Dar Es Salaam JNIA as flight  FTZ1A. (fastjet). Two more Fastjet-branded A319s are also planned to land in Dar es Salaam next week.

PrecisionAir's New ATR42-600 Lands in DAR

The Precisionair's state of the art ATR42-600 has today landed at its home city of Dar Es Salaam. This i s  the very first ATR 42 of the latest -600 series to enter into commercial service, hence Precision Air Services Plc. becomes the first airline to operate ATR42-600 globally. Some of staffs at Dar  Es Salaam JNIA looking at 5H-PWH ATR42-600, MSN 1001. The aircraft registered in Tanzania as 5H-PWH and baptised as "Tanga" landed in Dar at 16H35 Local time and after customs clearance it was taxied to Presicionair's state of the art Hangar for other preparations before it starts its flying duties . 5H-PWH at JNIA T2 ramp A look into the cabin A full avionics flight deck. 5H-PWH parked infront of PWs HANGAR.        ABOUT ATR 42-600 Passenger capacity: 46-50 seats Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M Maximum power at take-off: 2,160 horse power per engine Maximum weight at take-off: 18,600 Kg Maximum load: 5,500 Kg Maximum ran

Air Malawi under liquidation

Malawi has placed its debt-ridden national airline Air Malawi in voluntary liquidation after two previous restructuring attempts failed, the government said on Friday. It has created a new company, Air Malawi (2012) which will soon pick a investor to help recapitalise the flag carrier. “The government has embarked on a process of restructuring Air Malawi primarily involving the engagement of a strategic equity partner to recapitalise the airline,” Jimmy Lipunga, chief executive officer of the country's Privatisation Commission, said in a statement. So far 11 local and international companies, including Ethiopian Airlines, South Africa's Comair and Botswana's Global Business Network, have expressed interest in partnering with the airline. Air Malawi is saddled with a debt of over $50 million, according to airline sources, arising mainly from the grounding of two of its four aircrafts. The government will settle all of the company's debts. Two Air Malawi Boe

Jetlink might ground fleet for four months as Juba settles forex crunch

Budget airline says it will begin services once it solves the financial crisis which flew it to a halt. It will take about four months before Jetlink Express, the budget airline which grounded its fleet on Thursday returns to business. And that will only be realised if the firm resolves the financial crisis which left it unable to pay operation costs. On Thursday, Jetlink Express announced suspension of operations for all scheduled flights as it was unable to access over $2 million (Sh171 million) held in South Sudan due to foreign currency crunch that has hit Juba. “From briefing we had yesterday (Thursday), we understand the North has more or less agreed to facilitate oil into South Sudan. We may resume in four months or so, when currency inefficiency will be a matter of the past,” Jetlink commercial manager Ephraim Kamonjo told Nation  at the firm’s head office in Nairobi. The Juba route has been the carrier’s biggest revenue stream accounting for over 60 per cent of

African low-cost carrier Fastjet to start flying on 29 November 2012...tickets sell started.

It’s finally revealed that   new African low-cost carrier Fastjet will launch operations on 29 November 2012. The company has started selling tickets on its inaugural flight with tickets from 32,000 TSh ($20) one-way, excluding taxes & charges. Tickets can be purchased through travel agents and fastjet's own sales desk, call centre and offices. Online booking is available through Fastjet's new web site   www.fastjet.com    using credit/debit cards, as well as by mobile phone. A fastjet boarding pass.   The airline’s IATA code is “ FN ”. Schedule: Dar es Salaam – Kilimanjaro FN151 DAR1030 – 1150JRO 319 D FN153 DAR1930 – 2050JRO 319 D FN152 JRO1235 – 1355DAR 319 D FN154 JRO2135 – 2255DAR 319 D Dar es Salaam – Mwanza FN161 DAR0600 – 0730MWZ 319 D FN163 DAR1500 – 1630MWZ 319 D FN162 MWZ0815 – 0945DAR 319 D FN164 MWZ1715 – 1845DAR 319 D

Aircraft Maintenance shouldn't be taken for granted….

Egypt B738 at Milan on Nov 10th 2012, rejected  take-off  thrice. An Egypt Air Boeing 737-800, registration SU-GCZ performing flight MS-706 from Milan Malpensa (Italy) to Cairo (Egypt) with 83 passengers, was accelerating for takeoff with the engines spooling up when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed due to an engine anti ice failure indication. The aircraft returned to the gate to have maintenance rectify the fault. Following maintenance activities the aircraft attempted another departure, upon accelerating the engines for takeoff the crew received the same fault indication again and rejected takeoff at low speed again. The aircraft returned to the apron for maintenance action. Following another attempt to repair the aircraft maintenance signed the aircraft off again and the crew attempted another departure, however the same fault occurred again and the takeoff was rejected at low speed a third time. The third attempt to repair the aircraft finally succeeded, the airc

Songwe Airport – HTGW, soon-to-open.

According to TCAA's  Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) Supplement, a  new airport called Songwe Airport (HTGW)  which is under construction is expected to  be opened and operational from 13 December 2012.   This will be  the fourth international airport after Julius Nyerere, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar airports.   The new airport is located in the southern Tanzanian region of Mbeya, and its believed that this will bring   massive economic benefits to Mbeya and the neighbouring regions and countries mostly  possibly opening the local market up to potential investors from within and outside the country. Its known that  the Southern Highlands Zone is famous for minerals like coal, gold, iron-ore and gemstones. The region is also rich in tourist attraction sites including such as Ruaha National Park and Kipengere, Katavi and other Game Reserves.

The 20 dollar FastJet fare.

Fastjet says it will charge as low as $20 to fly from one point to another in Tanzania before replicating it later into the East African region and the rest of the continent. According to the company's statement, information on its route network and fare schedules will be made public from next week on its website. “The site will soon allow tickets to be bought using credit or debit cards as well as mobile phone technology that debit the users phone accounts. Additionally, tickets will be sold through travel agents and fastjet’s own sales desk, call  center  and offices throughout East Africa. Tickets will be available from as low as $20 one-way excluding taxes and charges,” the statement said.

New Technology Brings Business Jet Operating Costs Back To Earth.

Anyone considering an aircraft purchase, whether it’s new or used, needs to take into account not just the acquisition costs, but the costs to maintain and operate the airplane. Part of that realistic assessment means to also accept that sometimes the airplane will be unavailable, when scheduled maintenance is done. Now, advances in technology are making the maintenance schedule much more user-friendly than it used to be, and also making it easier for mechanics to diagnose and correct problems. Traditionally, new engines are assigned a “time before overhaul” (TBO), generally up to 5,000 hours of operation or so, before they must be stripped down, inspected and upgraded as needed — a time-consuming and expensive process. But new Silvercrest jet engines under development by Snecma, a French manufacturer, will be delivered with no designated TBO. Instead, the engines will deliver a steady stream of data that can be monitored by mechanics, even during a flight in real time. The mecha

Precision Air Services takes delivery of first ATR 42-600.

Tanzanian carrier Precision Air Services has today taken delivery of the first ATR 42-600 to go into scheduled commercial service. It is also airline’s first brand new -600 series aircraft out of 5 (4 ATR 42-600s and 1 ATR 72-600) ordered in December 2011. The official ceremony which took place earlier today at the ATR Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, was attended by Alfonse Kioko, CEO of Precision Air Services and Filippo Bagnato, ATR CEO.   The new airplane will be the very first ATR 42 of the latest -600 series to enter into commercial service. The introduction of these new series airplanes will increase its ATR fleet to 14 aircraft thus making Precision Air Services the largest ATR operator in Africa. The carrier is keen to further develop its regional network, adding new routes and frequencies to its domestic and regional markets. This fleet expansion will allow the airline to offer its passengers the advantages and comfort of the new ATR -600 series ‘Armonia’ ca

PRECISIONAIR’S coming new baby - ATR 42 - 600 to land in Dar soon.

Here are early photos of Precisionair's brand new ATR 42-600 . The aircraft registered as 5H-PWH with full PW's livery is now in the process of being delivered to its owner. 5H-PWH @ ATR Delivery center in Toulouse. About ATR -600 SERIES. The new ATR 42–600 and ATR 72–600 features the latest technological enhancements while building upon the well-known advantages of the -500s, namely its high efficiency, proven dispatch reliability, low fuel burn and operating cost. It includes the new PW127M   as standard engine (new engines provide 5% additional thermodynamic power at takeoff, thus improving performance on short runways, in hot weather and on high altitude; the incorporation of the “boost function” enables use of this additional power as needed, only when called for by the takeoff conditions). Its  Glass Cockpit   flight deck features five   wide LCD screens   that replace the EFIS   (Electronic Flight Instrument System). A Multi-Purpose Computer (

Fastjet unveils new brand & livery ahead of launch.

Africa-focused no frill airline  Fastjet  ( LON:FJET )  has unveiled its livery  ahead of the airline's first flight this month. The group has adopted the African Grey parrot as its new logo.  Ed Winter,  Fastjet ’s chief executive, said:  "The African Grey is renowned for its intelligence and is therefore a perfect personification of  Fastjet 's motto; smart travel.”  "We hope that our friendly new mascot and logo will soon become universally recognised as symbols of reliability, efficiency and safety."   An A319 in    Fastjet   livery The airline now has three Airbus A319s as part of its fleet. All three aircraft are in the process of being painted with the   Fastjet   livery before being dispatched to Tanzania ready for the launch. Fastjet  chairman David Lenigas added: "The launch of  Fastjet  has generated enormous interest in East Africa and we are delighted with the strong partnerships being forged with suppliers and Government