Fastjet Takes To The Skies

Africa’s newest low cost carrier Fastjet took to the skies yesterday, with ambitions to revolutionize flying in the continent from its base in Tanzania. Promising affordable fares and reliable service, the airline is beginning with double daily domestic services from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro and Mwanza.


The inaugural flights culminate a week of celebrations for the airline, which revealed its distinct identity based around the African Grey Parrot and was launched by the Honourable Deputy Minister of Transport for Tanzania Charles Tizeba.  Company executives were on-hand to welcome its first paying passengers, with Chief Executive Officer Ed Winter onboard the inaugural flight to Mwanza and Chief Commercial Officer Richard Bodin travelling with the second flight to Kilimanjaro.


Dar es Salaam – Kilimanjaro

Flight FN 151 takes off from Dar es Salaam at 1030 hrs, landing at Kilimanjaro at 1150 hrs. The return service, FN 152, departs Kilimanjaro International Airport at 1235 hrs to arrive back at Julius Nyerere International Airport at 1355 hrs.


Fastjet will also offer an evening departure, with flight FN 153 taking off from Dar es Salaam at 1930 hrs and landing at Kilimanjaro at 2050 hrs, before returning as flight FN 154 at 2135 hrs and arriving back at Dar es Salaam at 2255 hrs.


Dar es Salaam – Mwanza

Departing Julius Nyerere International Airport at 0600 hrs, flight FN 161 arrives at Mwanza International Airport at 0730 hrs before returning as flight FN 162 at 0815 hrs, landing back at Dar es Salaam at 0945 hrs.


An afternoon service, FN 163, departs Dar es Salaam at 1500 hrs to arrive in Mwanza at 1630 hrs. The aircraft then operates the return flight, FN 164, taking off at 1715 hrs for a 1845 hrs arrival back at Julius Nyerere International Airport.


Founded by British-Greek entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Fastjet will operate its fleet of 3 Airbus A319 jets configured with 156 seats in an all-economy layout on both routes and has outlined plans to serve Mombasa and Zanzibar, as well as expand internationally to Entebbe and Nairobi.


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