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fastjet Zimbabwe takes to the skies

fastjet Zimbabwe’s first flight between Harare and Victoria Falls took off on Wednesday 28 October 2015, marking the launch of a new low-cost Zimbabwean airline. Passengers getting aboard fastjet Zimbabwe’s first flight on A319 Z-FJE. fastjet Zimbabwe’s first flight departed Harare International Airport at 14h00 with dignitaries, government officials, media and local passengers on board. Upon arrival at Victoria Falls International Airport at 15h00, the flight was welcomed by the Mayor of Victoria Falls, Councillor Sifiso Mpofu, and honoured by a traditional water cannon salute. The return flight from Victoria Falls landed in Harare to an official launch ceremony where the Honourable Minister Joram Gumbo, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, was the guest of honour. “The country needs bold new enterprises like fastjet Zimbabwe to assist the government to achieve its objective of growing the economy. The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Developme


A Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil ( 5Y - DKK ) MSN 7027 crashed on Wednesday evening, killing all its four occupants. The accident happened in Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Among the dead includes the outgoing MP and the sole candidate for Ludewa constituency Mr.Deo Filikunjombe, the captain of the ill-fated helicopter capt.William Slaa and two other passengers  Kasablanka Haule and Egid Mkwela. It is reported that eyewitnesses from the reserve said the helicopter crashed and exploded around 06 pm. The helicopter owned by General Aviation Service of DAR, had been chartered by Tanzania's Ruling party CCM for election campaigns and was en route to Ludewa having taken off from Dar es Salaam with 4 people on board disappeared on the evening of 15th October. The search was launched and the charred remains of the helicopter were found on Thursday 16th October within the Selous game reserve . No one survived the crash. Here below are images before and after the

fastjet granted Air Service Licence in Kenya

fastjet, the pan-African low-cost airline, have today announced that fastjet Kenya has been granted an Air Service Licence (ASL) by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). This development clears the way for fastjet Kenya to commence the application process for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) which, once received, will allow the airline to operate domestic flights within Kenya.   The AOC application process will involve an in depth review of fastjet Kenya’s planned safety management system, operational manuals and structures, its senior staff, fleet, maintenance facilities and technical capability. An early stage of the process includes agreeing a timetable for the application process with the KCAA. “The granting of the Kenya ASL is a major step forward in fastjet’s plans to become a truly pan-African low-cost airline,” says Ed Winter, fastjet’s Chief Executive Officer. “Following recently announced progress towards the Zambia AOC and the receipt of our AOC in Zimb

Fastjet gets air operator certificate for Zimbabwe airline; New route Harare to Victoria Falls

  Tickets for our latest route between Harare and Victoria Falls are now on sale. Fastjet PLC Wednesday said it has been granted an Air Operator Certificate by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, which gives fastjet Zimbabwe Ltd a licence to operate both domestic and international routes within and from the country. Fastjet Zimbabwe is the second airline in the African low-cost airline's network, and plans to "expand rapidly", it said, creating a comprehensive network of domestic and regional destinations. Seats go on sale on Wednesday for the first route, linking Harare to Victoria Falls, initially three times a week. "Adding a second fastjet airline to our network is an incredibly significant milestone on our path to becoming the most successful pan African low-cost airline. “We recognised the real potential in Zimbabwe some time ago and have been working hard together with the relevant authorities towards this momentous day.

Precision Air Resumes Flights to Musoma

Tanzania’s premier airline, Precision Air  ( DSE : PAL)  is resuming its operations into Musoma effective October 20 th , 2015, after it had halted the operations for about 2 years. According to Precision air, the move to resume Musoma flights has been triggered by the demand in the market. Flights have been revived to cater for passengers who had to drive from Musoma to catch flights in Mwanza. Precision Air will operate flights to Musoma every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This is great news for the people of Musoma and the travel community at large. F lights to Musoma will not only stimulate trade in Musoma but also the tourism industry.” Tanzania as a country is blessed with ample opportunities in travel trade and tourism but still a big part of this country remains excommunicated though rich with tourist attractions.  Musoma town is located in the eastern edge of Lake Victoria, northern Tanzania, and counted as tourist hot spot due to its historical attra

fastjet takes delivery of first owned aircraft

fastjet, Africa’s low-cost airline, took delivery of its first owned aircraft on 25 September 2015. The intent to purchase this aircraft, the sixth aircraft in the fastjet fleet, was announced on 26 August 2015 and the agreement was signed on 23 September 2015.   The aircraft, an Airbus A319 (Manufacturer’s Serial number 2891), was purchased from an entity managed by BBAM US LP (BBAM), a leader in commercial aircraft leasing, financing and management, headquartered in San Francisco, CA.  The market value of the aircraft is approximately USD15.5m. The aircraft was purchased at a discount to the market value with the consideration being satisfied in cash. Ed Winter fastjet CEO commented, “This is an exciting moment for fastjet with this aircraft not only being the first that we have purchased but also that it marks a doubling in the size of our fleet over the past few months. I am particularly pleased that we have purchased this aircraft from BBAM who showed confidence in th