THE first regional low cost carrier FastJet will start selling tickets from next week, ahead of its planned launch later in the month.
The debut flights will be operated from Tanzania, which approved the use of the airline's Airbus A319 planes ahead of Kenya which has just recently done so.
The airline now has three Airbus A319s as part of its fleet that are currently being painted with the FastJet colours and logo in preparation for the launch.
FastJet Plc is the holding company for regional airline Fly540, which operates from four bases in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Angola. "We are excited that the launch is now imminent and that FastJet will be turning from a concept into a reality," said FastJet chairman Chairman David Lenigas.
National carrier Kenya Airways is also planning to launch a budget airline which will be known as Jambo Jet to counter anticipated competition from FastJet.
KQ has obtained license for the low cost carrier but debut date is yet to be established as it is still in negotiations with other regional governments to secure flying rights, said CEO Titus Naikuni yesterday.