Fastjet to train local pilots

Fastjet, the newly established low cost carrier, says Tuesday will  imported foreign pilots to train their local peers in flying Airbus A319 planes as the company introduces its services in the country later this month.

The company's Chief Commercial Officer, Richard Bodin, told journalists yesterday in Dar es Salaam that local pilots are among the 30 who are already recruited to fly three A319 planes which will arrive in the country in a fortnight.

"We are looking for pilots who meet very high standards of safety. We will not compromise on that," said Mr Bodin when launching the official ticket sales at minimum price of 20 US dollars (approx. 32,000/-) pre-tax.

He said fastjet's homogenous fleet will only consists of A319 planes which are fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. Asked how many local pilots has fastjet exactly employed, Bodin said, "I am not sure on the numbers, I will have to check."

Fastjet which has acquired Fly 540 and has European based Easyjet as shareholder aspires to become a pan-African low cost carrier by treading on terrain which has failed several other world. 

"This country's middle class is growing very fast and will be travelling frequently within and across the borders," said Bodin.

Three aircrafts will be flying to Mwanza and Arusha from Dar es Salaam twice each day as fastjet plans to revolutionize air travel in the country. The airline will also fly similar low cost planes in Angola, Ghana and Kenya
Source: The Daily News,, reported by Finnigani wa Simbeye in Dar es Salaam 
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