Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Fastjet to Recruit Pilots, Appoints Local Directors

TANZANIA'S FastJet is looking on recruiting 15 pilots and has appointed four new directors to beef up its operations in the East African region.

FastJet, Africa's low cost airline, announced four new directors to the board of its subsidiary, in Tanzania to join the current member CEO of FastJet and South Africa GM Ed Winter and Kyle Hayward respectively.

The new faces who joined the board are Mr Ami Mpungwe, a prominent businessman and Mr Lawrence Masha, former minister who will serve as non-executive directors.

Mr Angus Saunders, FastJet's Chief Financial Officer and Mr Richard Bodin, fastjet's Chief Commercial Officer. FastJet Interim Chairman and CEO Mr Winter said.

Mr Mpungwe and Mr Masha bring a wealth of knowledge and experience of the African and specifically Tanzanian, business and political landscape and a testament of its commitment in the country.

"We look forward to working with them to continue to build our increasingly successful airline," Mr Winter said "we are proud of the fact that FastJet has helped both democratise air travel and improve the quality of aviation in Tanzania."

On recruitment, the CEO said, "...we are currently looking to recruit an additional 15 East African pilots - and the people of Tanzania have repeatedly expressed their whole-hearted support.

"This is a very positive time for fastjet. As recently announced, we have started operating internationally with our route linking Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg and the newly-launched Dar es Salaam to Mbeya route has been so successful that we have rapidly added extra capacity to meet demand." Mr Mpungwe is one of Tanzania's most respected diplomats.

He spent 25 years in the Tanzanian diplomatic service, including six years as Tanzania's first Ambassador to South Africa. In 1999, Ambassador Mpungwe, received the Order of Good Hope, South Africa's highest award granted to foreign citizens for his contribution to Peace and Democracy in South Africa and in the SADC region and for establishing closer bilateral ties between South Africa and Tanzania.

He is non-executive Deputy Chairman of AIMlisted Richland Resources and is Chairman of TanzaniteOne Mining, SAGCOT Catalytic Fund and MultiChoice Tanzania.

Other directorships include ILLOVO Sugar Ltd., Tanzania Breweries Ltd and NIKO Insurance. Mr Masha is a lawyer and businessman with strong political ties.

He is Managing Partner at IMMMA Advocates (a member of the DLA Piper Group) and onetime cabinet minister and an MP for Mwanza's Nyamagana constituency. Mr Masha currently serves as Chairman of the Tanga Cement Company and Ecoprotection Tanzania Limited and is a Non- Executive Director of Basix East Africa Limited and Blue Financial Services Limited.

The airline flies Airbus A319s and has implemented the low-cost model across Africa and its long-term strategy is to become the continent's first low-cost, pan- African airline. FastJet is also the holding company of Fly540, which operates in Kenya, Ghana and Angola.

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