Jambojet’s New Dash 8-400 Aircraft Takes To The Skies

by Business Watch Team

Jambojet has announced the addition of 1 new aircraft to its growing fleet, bringing its total number of aircraft to 8. The aircraft, christened Kozi, will address the surging demand in air travel, a testament to the recovery in the sector.

The aircraft, tail number 5Y-JXL, underwent maintenance, inspections, acceptance tests, and registration in Calgary, Canada before the ferry flight took off on 29th July 2023 from Calgary International Airport. Kozi flew 14,650 KM, making several technical or night stop in Thunder Bay, Goose Bay, Keflavik, Exeter, Malta, Marsa Allam, and Addis Ababa, landing in Nairobi on 2nd August 2023.

Jambojet CEO, Mr. Karanja Ndegwa, said at the reception, “We are thrilled to welcome Kozi to our fleet, which will ensure we address the growing market needs, allowing us to add frequencies in some of our destinations. This is a show of our commitment to providing safe, affordable, reliable experience, with convenient schedules and exceptional customer service.”

The De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Q400 NextGen is a 78 to 82-seater aircraft, renowned to be the most advanced aircraft in the turboprop category, with jet-like features. Designed for regional operations, the Dash 8-Q400 is a large, fast, quiet, and fuel-efficient aircraft. It provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint, enabling Jambojet to maintain competitive ticket prices, making air travel accessible to many.

“In 2022, Jambojet flew over 1 million passengers, and have a target to fly 1.2 million passengers in 2023. At the end of June, we had flown close to 600 thousand passengers, indicating we are well on our way to surpass the target. We couldn’t have achieved this without our guests who choose us over and over again, so we say thank you,” Mr Ndegwa added.

Jambojet operates over 380 flights weekly in 11 routes, flying to Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret, Malindi, Diani, Lamu, and Goma (DRC) from Nairobi, and direct flights from Mombasa to Kisumu and Eldoret. Recently, the airline took part in SkyTeam’s The Sustainable Flight Challenge with a return flight to Mombasa, where they implemented a number of initiatives to operate the most sustainable flight ever. The airline reports to be reviewing scalability in some of the initiatives, to be adapted across its operations.

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