Jambo Jet (Kenya Airways's Low Cost) set to start flights on 1 April 2014. Kigali among its destinations.
Wangui Maina Business Daily
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JamboJet will operate two Boeing B737s with a capacity of about 142 passengers in a single class, allowing the budget carrier to keep the cost per seat lower given KQ carries 116 passengers on the same plane, but on two classes.
Kenya Airways will launch its low-cost subsidiary JamboJet on April 1 with fares of less than Sh3,000 one-way in what is set to revolutionise air travel.
The budget airline will initially launch on Kisumu, Eldoret and Mombasa routes from Nairobi before venturing to Bujumbura, Kigali, Juba, Goma, Mwanza, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro and Addis Ababa in year’s time.
The Sh3,000 fare, which includes taxes, will help the national carrier lure travellers from road as well as ward off competition from budget operators such as Fly540.
JamboJet flights will come with fewer comforts found on international airlines and passengers could be asked to pay for extras like food and baggage.
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Jambo Jet (Kenya Airways's Low Cost) will start operations for Q1 of 2014 . Soon in Kigali?
Kenya Airways’ low-cost subsidiary, Jambojet, has received regulatory approval for commercial flights, bringing it closer to launching operations, during the first quarter of 2014. Initially granted an air operator licence by the KCAA , the licence expired in September 2012, before the carrier could commence flights.
According to a notice from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) published in the Kenya Gazette on 01 November 2013 Jambojet now has a one-year air operator license to fly “international scheduled air services for passengers and freight” to several destinations in East Africa. //kenyalaw.org/kenya_gazette/gazette/notice/131306
JamboJet will ply Juba, Hergeisa, Bujumbura, Kigali, Addis Ababa and Dzaoudzi internationally, and Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Wajir, Lamu and Malindi locally.
Jambo Jet secures traffic rights to begin service to Kigali
The airline plans to start flights before the end of the year, using B737s.
According to various Kenyan newspapers, Jambo Jet, the future Kenya Airways's low cost airline, will fly to Rwanda, before the end of the year. The airline got traffic rights to serve Kigali.
The airline will use B737s, instead of ERJ 190s as previously announced. Jambo Jet will aslo fly to the main East African cities such as Entebbe, Dar Es Salaam, Bujumbura or Addis Ababa.
Kenya Airways has decided to launch low cost airline to compete with East African airlines, such as Fly540, RwandAir, Air Uganda and JetLink.
At the same time, FastJet, will also launch low cost flights across the East African region, with bases at Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi, with A319s.
East Africa is among the Africa's biggest air travel market.