NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 – Jambojet the regional low-cost carrier has been approved by the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority to fly to Kigali.
The approval shows that the airline can start its operations to the destination as part of its regional expansion.
Vincent Rague, Chairman, Jambojet said, “the team was happy to have received this approval. Kigali is one of the routes we have been pursuing in our expansion plan. Once we have everything in place, we will begin operations,”.
However, the airline has bought a brand new De Havilland Dash 8 – Q400 aircraft.
The new aircraft shows that the company has six planes, the total number of airplanes used by Jambojet. It expects to boost its airlines capacity this year as it looks for more African destinations.
Jambojet Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka said: “We are excited about our growth prospects in the region. We have an aggressive plan to fly to more African destinations and this is why we are expanding our fleet.”
He told us that, “the addition of this aircraft to our fleet brings the average age to 3.7 years. For instance, making the airline with the youngest fleet in Africa and possibly across the world,”.
In other words, the airline flies to five local destinations namely. Malindi, Ukunda, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and one regional destination -Entebbe, Uganda -from its hub in Nairobi. Therefore, it also flies to Bujumbura, Burundi on behalf of the national carrier.
Jambojet Chairman, Vincent Rague told us that: “The African aviation sector has an opportunity to grow. More players are coming on board but there is space for everyone and we will continue to take advantage of our low-cost model and safety standards.”
The International Air Transport Association’s data shows that low-cost carriers account for about a quarter of all flights internationally. However, but less than 10 percent in Africa.
Similarly, Jambojet accepted a certificate the coveted IATA Operational Safety Audit certification (IOSA), an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation. System designed to assess the safety, operational management and control systems of an airline.
The airline is brought to list top airline in Africa with the youngest fleet in a report by global aviation intelligence provider, ch-aviation.