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http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Artic...s+moves+closer+to+african+carrier+launch.htmlThe planned Fastjet carrier will be developed on the existing Lonrho Aviation platform under the Fly540 brand, which carried more than 525,000 passengers in the 15 months to the end of December 2011.
It will maintain Lonrho's four year programme of developing operational hubs in East, West and South West Africa with strategic hubs in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Angola, “providing an unparalleled route network and operating platform to launch across Africa”.
fastjet, the first pan African low-cost carrier, today announces that ahead of flight operations scheduled for next week, the airline’s first branded Airbus A319 has arrived at its base in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full approval to operate the aircraft has been granted to fastjet by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA).
Two more fastjet-branded A319s are planned to be en route early next week, to be in Dar es Salaam in time for the airline’s first flight, scheduled for Thursday 29th November. fastjet’s team of 35 pilots, 65 cabin crew and 7 maintenance specialists are already on the ground actively preparing for launch. In a little over a week since tickets went on sale, fastjet has already taken over 8000 bookings on the first two routes; enough to fill over 60 A319s.
The fastjet.com web site received over 20,000 hits in [its first] 4 days and the mobile site is now live. Commenting on the significant progress, fastjet chairman David Lenigas said: “As expected, plans for fastjet’s official launch of operations are moving ahead right on schedule and we are delighted with the level of interest so far. Demand for seats is high and we are in great shape to start flying next week. We are delighted to have such a solid foundation to build upon.”