Today Ed Winter, the CEO of FastJet ,and Brown Francis, GM of Fly 540, announced to the Minister of Transport, Dr. Harrison G. Mwakyembe, that the first FastJet base will be Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The first aircraft, an Airbus A319 with 156 seats, will be operating regional and domestic flights by early November. The initial routes will be announced in the next few weeks.
FastJet PLC is a company listed on the London Stock Exchange. The majority shareholder is Lohrho PLC who have been successfully conducting business in Africa for over 100 years. FastJet was launched in conjunction with easyGroup, headed by Sir Stelios Haji Iaonnou, the founder of easyJet the most successful European low cost airline which today carries 55m passengers per year.
FastJet will operate to international standards of safety and reliability, using the well proven low cost airline model successful throughout the world. Regional fares will average US$80 one way excluding taxes and charges with fares for passengers booking early as low as US$20.
Ed Winter, Chief Executive Officer of FastJet PLC, who was formerly Chief Operating Officer of easyJet, said we are really excited to be an on brink of democratizing air travel in Africa. We will be enabling people who currently couldn’t even dream of flying to look forward to great value reliable journeys on FastJet. We have chosen Tanzania as the point where we will launch this quantum change in air travel for the African people.
The Tanzanian economy and stable government have persuaded us that this is the ideal place for our first flights. With an initial focus on East Africa, Dar es Salaam will be followed by a second base in Nairobi, Kenya, once the A319, which is already approved by the TCAA, is also approved there.
Once established in East Africa, FastJet has plans to launch in Accra, Ghana and Luanda, Angola.
We look forward to bringing a great, reliable and affordable service to the people of Africa.”
FastJet will take over the Fly 540 Tanzania operating licence.