Jambojet (Jambojet.com) (Nairobi) has launched flights to three new destinations in the country’s coastal region, namely Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda. The first flights on the new routes took off from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 28.
Jambojet launched the new service with a Bombardier Q400 turboprop chartered from DAC Aviation.
Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways (Nairobi), has joined more than 50 owners and operators of Q400 aircraft worldwide. The airline is the second new operator to have adopted the Q400 aircraft in Africa in 2015, and has become the 19th member of the family on the continent.
The new airline will commemorate its first year of operations on April 1. Jambojet also operates three Boeing 737-300s.
Jambojet (Jambojet.com) (subsidiary of Kenya Airways) (Nairobi) as planned, launched low-fare operations on April 1 between Nairobi and Mombasa. Service to Kisumu and Eldoret were also commenced on the same day with three leased Boeing 737-300s (from Kenya Airways).
The new airline will gradually expand to Arusha (Tanzania), Bujumbura (Burundi), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Entebbe (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) according to ATW.
The formation of lower cost Jambojet is a defensive move by parent Kenya Airways against any plans by Fastjet to operate in Kenya.
Top Copyright Photo: Jambojet. Each tail represents a different animal, specifically the Cheetah, Zebra and Giraffe. The the three leased Boeing 737-300s are pictured at Nairobi.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Jambojet. Captain Aquinas Birika and First Officer Wanjiru Gichaga make a toast after landing the first flight.
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) as a follow-up to our previous report last year, will move ahead and introduce its new regional subsidiary Jambo Jet later this year to compete against the rising number of lower cost carriers in Africa.