Low-cost airline, Jambojet, has acquired a brand new aircraft as it seeks to expand its operations into the East African region.
The new plane, a Dash 8 Q400 jet, with a sitting capacity of 78 passengers, will commence operations soon.
The delivery of the new aircraft comes barely three months after the airline leased another Dash 8 from Abu Dhabi Aviation to cater for the growing demand as well as stabilise its flight schedules within the country.
Dash 8 Q400, which is a next generation turboprop, is renowned for steep approaches and short take-offs.
Its features make it suitable for use in domestic airports such as Malindi, Manda and Ukunda, as well as other airports in the East African region with relatively short runways.
Jambojet chief executive officer, Willem Hondius, said the Dash 8 Q400 has proven to be an exceptional addition to the carrier’s fleet because of its best-in-class passenger experience.
“The arrival of the new aircraft is a huge milestone for Jambojet. It demonstrates how committed we are in growing our business and providing more choice, comfort and quality to our passengers,” he added.
“We are definitely angling ourselves to fly our customers to more destinations. The new aircraft will help us increase capacity and fulfill our growth ambitions.”
Jambojet continues to put in place several measures which have seen a marked improvement in on-time performance.
In the next quarter, the airline plans to introduce new initiatives to improve the quality of service offering as well as eliminate unwarranted waiting time for passengers.
According to Mr Hondius, Jambojet fully owned by Kenya Airways, is set to inaugurate international flights to eleven new routes in the East African region by the end of this year.
Last month, the carrier received approval from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority for it to embark on operating international flights after having fulfilled all conditions.
Jambojet had applied to fly to international destinations including Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi as well as Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.