Fastjet Zimbabwe

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Fastjet Zimbabwe
Fastjet logo (without Parrot).svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FN FJW ZIMBIRD
Founded2015
Commenced operations28 October 2015
Operating basesHarare International Airport
Fleet size2
Destinations3
Company sloganSmart travel
Parent companyFastjet Plc
Websitefastjet.com

Fastjet Zimbabwe Limited, also known and styled as fastjet Zimbabwe,[1] is a low-cost airline that has been incorporated to operate flights under the fastjet brand in Zimbabwe. The airline is the second locally-incorporated airline to operate under the fastjet brand, following the example of Fastjet Tanzania.[1]

History[edit]

Fastjet's first flights to Zimbabwe were operated by Fastjet Tanzania, between Harare International Airport and Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport, and commenced in August 2014.

Fastjet announced on 25 March 2015 that it had received an Air Service Permit (ASP) [2] from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development of the Government of Zimbabwe, responsible for administering the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ). Fastjet then obtained an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) on 6 October 2015,[1] and announced its plans to launch fastjet Zimbabwe, with initial flights between its base at Harare International Airport and Victoria Falls. Flights were planned to expand to other destinations, including domestically to Bulawayo and then internationally.[3]

On 18 January 2016, Fastjet Zimbabwe declared its first international route between Harare and Johannesburg, to be served daily from 1 February 2016. [4]

As part of the Stabilisation Plan of Fastjet plc from August 2016[5], which included a move to smaller aircraft across the Group, the single Airbus A319 based in Zimbabwe was replaced by (at first) one Embraer E145 aircraft.[5] A second E145 was utilised from July 2017, with an increase in the number of routes and flights.[6]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Ownership[edit]

Fastjet Zimbabwe is a Zimbabwean-registered company that is 49% owned by Fastjet Plc. Fastjet Zimbabwe has a local board of directors, and meets all the required nationality standards under which it can be named by the Zimbabwean CAA as a designated airline to fly to other countries under the usual bilateral air services agreements. [1][7]

Business trends[edit]

Fastjet Zimbabwe began operating in October 2015. Financial results are incorporated in the Fastjet Plc group accounts, and some information has been made available for the Zimbabwe operation (as at period ending 31 December):

2015 2016
Turnover (US$ m) 0.3 9.4
Profits/losses after tax (US$ m) −4.0 −14.5
Number of passengers (m) 0.003 n/a*
Passenger load factor (%) n/a* n/a*
Number of aircraft (at year end) 1 1
Notes/sources Oct-Dec
[8]
[5]

Note: *Passenger numbers and load factors are only published at Group level.

Head office[edit]

Fastjet Zimbabwe maintains its head office in Harare; the registered office is Harare International Airport, Harare.[5]

Destinations[edit]

As of June 2018, Fastjet Zimbabwe serves the following destinations:[9][10][11]

Country City Airport
South Africa Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport
Zimbabwe Bulawayo Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport
Zimbabwe Harare Harare International Airport
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Victoria Falls Airport

In addition, Fastjet Tanzania operates flights between Harare and Dar es Salaam.[6]

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

The Fastjet Zimbabwe fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2017:[6]

Fastjet Zimbabwe fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer ERJ 145 2 50
Total 2

Historical fleet[edit]

Fastjet Zimbabwe initially operated an Airbus A319-100 aircraft.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "fastjet granted Air Operator Certificate in Zimbabwe". London Stock Exchange RNS. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ "fastjet announces Zimbabwe Air Service Permit granted". Fastjet. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  3. ^ "fastjet to launch flights to Vic Falls, Bulawayo". The Herald, Zimbabwe. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Fastjet launches Harare-Joburg flight". The Zimbabwe Independent. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  5. ^ a b c d "Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2016" (PDF). Fastjet plc. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Fastjet bulks up current Zimbabwean capacity by 100 percent due to demand". Independent Online. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  7. ^ "fastjet Zimbabwe launches recruitment drive". Africa Business Communities. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2015" (PDF). Fastjet. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Destinations: Discover our routes today". Fastjet. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  10. ^ "fastjet launches new routes from Zimbabwe". Fastjet. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.newzimbabwe.com/zambian-airline-to-launch-harare-flights-in-july/
  12. ^ "Fastjet Zimbabwe takes delivery of first A319-100". ch-aviation. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  13. ^ "FastJet Zimbabwe A319 roars into Harare; Zambia venture to follow". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

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