Tuesday, May 7, 2013

► SOUTH AFRICA: fastjet to wet lease a 737-300 from Star Air while A319s are certified.

fastjetfastjet (FN) and Federal Air (7V) have announced plans to wet-lease a B737-300 (unconfirmed MSN 27345 | ZS-VDB) from Star Air Cargo South Africa (BRH). Inaugural flights will commence with a daily Johannesburg - Cape Town flight.

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Under the deal, Star Air Cargo will provide the crew, maintenance and insurance and Federal Air will operate the service for fastjet holdings limited, in which the fastjet group has 25% stake.
Kyle Hayward, chief executive of fastjet holdings limited, said: "This is yet another definitive step towards the commencement of fastjet services and we remain on track for an end of May launch. fastjet is working hard with its South African partners to put this initial route (Johannesburg to Cape Town) on sale shortly."
The current arrangement will initially last for six months and allows fastjet to obtain permission to operate its Airbus 319 jets in South Africa.

Meanwhile,  the South African Department of Transport has poured cold water on fastjet's planned launch date of May 30, claiming the outfit had yet to submit papers to apply to have the name changed with the DoT, which would, in turn, require 21 days for processing.