Fastjet (Fastjet.com) (Dar es Salaam) reported today (September 29) its first half loss (through June 30) widened to $30.5 million (USD), including $13.9 million in losses in the associated Tanzanian operation. Fly540 Ghana and Angola had a $13.5 million adverse effect on the first half financial results. According to the carrier, “Fly540 Ghana and Fly540 Angola loss-making services remain suspended, with restructuring activity underway.”
Despite this loss, the low-fare airline has been expanding. Flights from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Lusaka, Zambia were launched in February 2014, from Dar es Salaam to Harare, Zimbabwe in August 2014 and from Dar es Salaam to Entebbe, Uganda on September 16, 2014.
The airline is filling a void left by the closure of Air Uganda.
Flydubai (Dubai) has announced the launch of flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Flights to the East African country will commence in October, expanding the airline’s network in Africa to 12 destinations.
In other news, Flydubai’s inaugural flight to Moscow landed today (September 23) at Vnukovo International Airport.
Previously Flydubai’s inaugural flight to Almaty landed at Almaty International Airport on September 16 and was met too by a traditional water cannon salute. This marked the start of the airline’s operations to Kazakhstan.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8KN A6-FDZ (msn 40253) arrives back at the Dubai hub.
Air Seychelles (Mahe) has announced the launch of nonstop flights to Antananarivo, Madagascar, commencing on December 3, 2014.
The twice-weekly flights to the capital’s Ivato International Airport (TNR) will be operated using a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats.
In other news, Air Seychelles has also announced the launch of twice-weekly flights to Dar es Salaam to commence on December 2, 2014, marking the next stage of growth in the airline’s regional strategy.
The Tanzanian capital becomes the third destination in Air Seychelles’ Indian Ocean and African network, after Mauritius and Johannesburg. The route will be operated using a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft.
Air Seychelles recently added a leased Airbus A320 from partner Etihad Airways.
Route Map: The route maps now shows the connecting routes of Etihad Airways growing list of “family airlines”.
Interair (Johannesburg) on June 23 launched Johannesburg-Dar es Salaam flights with its Boeing 737-200s. Interair is one of the last passenger operators of the 737-200.
Interair’s business plan as a regional carrier is to connect French-speaking African countries.
Besides Dar es Salaam, the airline’s current routes are: St Denis, Réunion Island; Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, Congo; Cotonou, Benin, Douala, Cameroon: Bangui, Central African Republic: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Bamako, Mali.
Interair has code-share agreements with Air Austral.
The South African airline is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Some of the aircraft the airline has operated during these 20 years have been the de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7, Boeing 707, Boeing 727 and the Fokker F.28. The airline is currently operating the Boeing 737 and Boeing 767.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-South African Airways Boeing 737-244 ZS-SIH (msn 22587)