Africa’s new LCC Fastjet ready to sell tickets
Ahead of its ticket-sale launch next week and its first flights later in November, a new low-cost carrier backed by easyJet’s original founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has just presented its branding and will begin selling tickets next week. Once established in East Africa with a first base at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a second in Nairobi, Kenya, FastJet aims to launch in Accra (Ghana) and Luanda (Angola). Seven of the top 10 fastest-growing global economies are in Africa, the new airline points out, yet the continent’s aviation market is “significantly underserved.”
The new branding features the African Grey Parrot, “renowned for its intelligence and therefore a perfect personification of Fastjet’s motto – smart travel,” the carrier’s CEO Ed Winter says.
Fastjet’s first three Airbus A319s are being painted ahead of the operational launch. It is planning on a fleet 15 planes by the end of its first year of operation and has signed a ground handling contract with Swissport International.