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IATA ICAO Callsign
B5 [1] EXZ [1] DUMA
HubsJomo Kenyatta International Airport, Wilson Airport
Focus citiesLocal and regional
Fleet size5
Parent companyFly540
HeadquartersWilson Airport, Nairobi, Kenya
Key peopleDon Smith (CEO and Founder) Charles Wako (Chairman)

East African Safari Air Express Ltd trading as Eastafrican.com is a Kenyan airline based at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.[2] Originally East African Safari Air, the airline was rebranded as Fly-SAX after its purchase by the parent company of Kenyan airline Fly540, then later to Eastafrican.com[1]


Before its current iteration, the airline began operations as East African Safari Air Limited, founded by Anthony A. Kegode and incorporated in May 1989. The company later changed the name of its airline operations to East African Safari Air Express.

In September 2004, East African Safari Air Express was placed into receivership. At that time, the airline was transporting an estimated 25,000 passengers per month on their various routes. East African Safari Air Express emerged from receivership and operated scheduled regional and domestic services with a fleet of McDonnell-Douglas DC-9s and a Fokker F28 that once belonged to competing Kenyan airline JetLink Express.[3]

In November 2010, the airline was grounded in a dispute over payment of airline leases.[4] In December 2010, low-cost carrier Fly540 purchased the assets of East African Safari Air Express,[5] and the operation was re-branded as Fly-SAX (an ode to its former Safari Air Express moniker) in September 2012. The airline carried over the same IATA (B5) and ICAO (EXZ) airline codes to the new brand.[6]

In April 2013, Fly540 signed an acquisition agreement with Tanzanian airline Fastjet that would see Fastjet assume Fly540's operations in order to establish Fastjet service in Kenya.[7] This purchase leaves it unclear whether or not Fly-SAX will continue as a separate entity, as Fastjet staff have indicated that the Fly540 brand will eventually be phased out.[8]

In June 2018, a Cessna 208 Caravan operated by Fly-SAX flying from Kitale Airport to Wilson Airport in Nairobi disappeared en route in bad weather over the Aberdare Range in central Kenya. The plane had two crew and ten passengers on board.[9]

At around 6:45 am ( GMT+3 ) one of Fly-SAX recovery helicopters sighted the wreckage of the missing aircraft at Elephant Point in the Aberdare Ranges.


As of January 2016, Eastafrican.com flies to the following destinations:

Country City/County Airport
Comoros Moroni Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport
Kenya Baringo County Lake Baringo Airport
Kenya Garissa Garissa Airport
Kenya Isiolo Isiolo Airport
Kenya Kitale Kitale Airport
Kenya Kwale County Ukunda Airport
Kenya Lamu Manda Airport
Kenya Lodwar Lodwar Airport
Kenya Malindi Malindi Airport
Kenya Mombasa Moi International Airport
Kenya Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [Hub]
Kenya Nairobi Wilson Airport [Hub]
Kenya Nanyuki Nanyuki Airport
Kenya Narok County Mara Serena Airport
Kenya Wajir Wajir Airport
Somalia Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport
Uganda Entebbe Entebbe International Airport


Current Fleet[edit]

The Eastafrican.com fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):[10][better source needed]

Eastafrican.com Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
C Y Total
Bombardier CRJ100ER 1 50 50
Bombardier Dash 8-100 1
Douglas DC-9-10 2 80 80
Fokker F28 Fellowship 4000 1 67 (Stored due to lack of Flight Crew)
Total 5


The airline currently operates the following aircraft:


On 5 June 2018, a Cessna 208 Caravan operated by Fly-SAX flying from Kitale Airport to Wilson Airport in Nairobi disappeared en route, losing contact with air traffic control while over the Aberdare Range in central Kenya. The plane had two crew and ten passengers on board.[9]

The wreck of the Cessna C208 aircraft, registration number 5Y-CAC, was found at around 6.45 am ( GMT+3 ) by the aerial search team at Elephant Point, some 11,000 feet above sea level.

A few hours after the discovery of the wreckage, Fly-SAX confirmed through a press release on their website that there were no survivors. The total number of fatalities was 10.


  1. ^ a b c "Airline Information – Fly SAX". Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Eastafrican – About Us". 17 October 2019. Retrieved 17 October 20139. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Photo Search Results". airliners.net.
  4. ^ Paul Argyle. "Fly540 of Kenya, has bought rival East African Safari Express - News - alternativeairlines.com". alternativeairlines.com.
  5. ^ "Kenya Aviation News Fly 540 takes over East African Safari Air Express - eTurboNews.com". eturbonews.com.
  6. ^ "Airline Profiles - ch-aviation.com". ch-aviation.
  7. ^ "Error 404". CNBCAfrica.com.
  8. ^ "FastJet eyes late summer launch alongside Fly540 brand". Flightglobal.com.
  9. ^ a b "FlySax plane goes missing". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  10. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 19.
  11. ^ a b c "Fly-SAX – Kenya's premier safari and private charter airline". fly-sax.com.
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 19.

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