Presently using an Airbus A319 for routes flown from Harare, Fastjet airline is keen to replace its larger aircraft with a more right-sized plane of Embraer E190 make, which under a recently-concluded deal with new major shareholder Solenta Aviation should become possible in the not too distant future.
To meet that end, Fastjet CEO Nico Bezuidenhout earlier in the week confirmed that for the time being at least, flights between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg would be halted.
The choice of the Airbus A319 as the airline’s main aircraft has, under Nico’s stewardship, come under scrutiny and led to the decision to begin introduction of smaller jets which, while not only more economical to fly, also met the requirements of several of Fastjet’s destinations with smaller passenger loads.
Bezuidenhout made the comments when announcing company results for the year ended on December 31, 2016.
The airline, however, continues to operate three weekly flights from Harare to Victoria Falls every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, still allowing South African travelers to reach the iconic destination with a change of planes in Harare. Fastjet flies double daily between Harare and Johannesburg, apart from Saturdays which has only one service.
All eyes will be on Fastjet’s upcoming move of its head offices from London Gatwick to Johannesburg which should be completed by April of this year.