Posted on: 07 October 2015 by Ross McSweeny
fastjet Zimbabwe has become the second airline in the fastjet network after being granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) to operate both domestic and international routes.
The AOC comes after fastjet Zimbabwe obtained its Air Service Licence in March 2015 and has since been working with CAAZ on an in-depth review of the carrier’s safety management system, operational manuals and structures, senior staff, fleet, maintenance facilities and technical capability.
Seats are now on sale for the first fastjet Zimbabwe route between Harare and Victoria Falls, which will initially operate three times weekly.
fastjet’s CEO Ed Winter remarked, “Adding a second fastjet airline to our network is an incredibly significant milestone on our path to becoming the most successful pan-African low-fare airline. We recognised the real potential in Zimbabwe some time ago and have been working hard together with the relevant authorities towards this momentous day. With their support we are now in a position to launch our Zimbabwean operation.
“In Tanzania we have become the airline of choice, with an enviable operational reputation and market leading fares,” Winter continued. “I am confident that, with our proven low-cost model, we can replicate this success in Zimbabwe.”
In other news, fastjet has announced that its chief financial officer, Nick Caine, will be leaving the company in mid-2016 and the search for a successor is currently under way. Winter noted, “Nick has made an invaluable contribution to the development of fastjet, in particular in restructuring the finance function and in developing our aircraft acquisition structure.”