FASTJET’S FINANCIAL REPORT CONFIRMS TRANSITION FROM AIRBUS TO EMBRAER
(Posted 06th June 2017)
The planned transition from an erstwhile all Airbus A319 fleet to an all Embraer E190/145 fleet are now confirmed after Fastjet in their annual financial report did say that their last leased A319 will leave the fleet by September this year.
Presently is the low cost airline operating one remaining A319 from ICBC and two ERJ145’s seconded to them by Solenta Aviation, a new equity partner which came on board earlier in the year. The Airbus is deployed in Tanzania to serve the domestic and remaining regional routes while the ERJ145’s are deployed in Zimbabwe.
It is understood that two Embraer E190’s in an all economy version will join the Fastjet fleet in September.
The airline according to the report, expects operational savings to the tune of about 15 percent of the Embraers versus the Airbus aircraft, no doubt worth it given the competitive environment in particular in Tanzania, where national airline Air Tanzania is undergoing a government sponsored revival.
In Tanzania does Fastjet serve Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and Mbeya out of Dar es Salaam but also Lusaka and Harare while from Harare are Johannesburg and Victoria Falls on the destination list.