Fly540 seeks to offer low fares

The regional airliner, Fly540  will start operating  as a proper low costs carrier before the end of this year. This follows a move by easyJet of the UK which has bought a stake in the parent company that owns regional airliner.

Fly540 General Manager, Mr Brown Francis told the 'Daily News'  in Dar es Salaam on Thursday that the take-off of the "no-frills" carrier awaits shareholders' approval who are expected to meet in about 30 days.

He said that the proper low cost carrier  will offer almost 50 per cent price cut compared to other commercial flights. "Passengers will be required to buy refreshments on board as opposed to the current situation whereby such service is offered fershments", he said.

UK's Lonrho Aviation, the owner of Fly540, disposed off its aviation business to Rubicon Diversified Investments, both of London UK at  85.7million US Dollars (about 137.12bn/-) in shares deal.

Under the deal, Lonrho will rebrand Fly540 as FastJet and launch an expansion drive in conjunction with EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. EasyJet is the second-largest low-cost carrier in Europe, behind Ryanair.

"This will be a proper low-cost carrier in the country passengers will have an easy choice," Mr Francis said on Thursday. Information from the UK have it if all goes well as planned, FastJet will start flying the country's skies before end of the year.

There are also reports that  the company will introduce larger jets with 160 seats to its fleet. Fly540 launched its services in Tanzania in 2008 focusing on providing low-cost transport for passengers and cargo.The airliner flies from its hub in Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Mtwara, Zanzibar, Tabora, Arusha and Nairobi.
Source: The Daily News,http://www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Abduel Elinaza
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