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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

► TANZANIA: See Pics of fastjet's inaugural non-commercial flight!

fastjetfastjet (FN) yesterday (Tuesday 27 November) celebrated its launch with its inaugural non-commercial flight from Dar es Salaam; a 40-minute round trip over the Indian Ocean above Zanzibar. Note: the carrier's official inaugural revenue flight is scheduled for Thursday 29 November.

On-board were various local celebrities, government functionaries, fastjet suits, press, members from the Ministry of Transport. In addition, fastjet CEO Ed Winter and Deputy Minister of Transport for Tanzania, Dr. Charles Tizeba were also present.

fastjet inaugural flight in Dar es Salaam

fastjet inaugural flight in Dar es Salaam (fastjet)
fastjet inaugural flight in Dar es Salaam (fastjet)

Fastjet plans to expand its fleet, all Airbus A319s, to 15 aircraft within 12 months with initial focus to be on East Africa, with hubs in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi serving Kenya, Uganda and Zanzibar. Interestingly enough, with regards to a future Mogadishu, Somalia route:
"We're looking at a lot of different possible destinations," Mr Winter said. When asked if they might include Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, he said, "why not? There's a lot of demand.

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