New low-cost African carrier Fastjet would start selling tickets next week, ahead of its first flight later this month, the company, which is featuring the African Grey Parrot as its logo, said on Monday.
Aim-listed Lonrho, which owns 67.4% of Fastjet, said in a statement that the airline would launch a Website next week, providing information on routes and fare schedules, as well as allowing tickets to be bought using credit/debit cards.
Tickets, available from as low as $20 one way, excluding taxes and charges, would also be sold through travel agents and the airline’s own sales desk, call centre and offices throughout East Africa.
Fastjet would establish its first operating base at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, followed by a second base in Nairobi, Kenya, using three leased Airbus A319 aircraft. It has plans to launch in Accra, Ghana, and Luanda, Angola.
“We are excited that the launch is now imminent and that Fastjet will be turning from a concept into a reality. The launch of Fastjet has generated enormous interest in East Africa and we are delighted with the strong partnerships being forged with suppliers and governments across the region,” Fastjet chairperson David Lenigas stated.
Commenting on the airline’s new branding, Fastjet CEO Ed Winter said the African Grey was renowned for its intelligence and was, therefore, a perfect personification of Fastjet’s motto: smart travel.