Jambojet Acquires New Aircraft Ahead of Regional Market Entry

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Wholly-owned Kenya Airways subsidiary Jambojet has welcomed a new Dash 8 Q400 aircraft to its fleet as it gears up to launch operations in the East African region.

The next-generation turboprop, that seats 78 passengers, has steep approaches and short take-offs, features that make it suitable for domestic airports with relatively short runways.

The Q400 aircraft enjoys success in Africa for its unique suitability including low operating costs and best-in-class passenger experience.

“The arrival of this new aircraft is a huge milestone for Jambojet. It demonstrates how committed we are to investing in growing our business and providing more choice, comfort and quality to our passengers,’’ said Willem Hondius, CEO and Managing Director, Jambojet.

The NextGen Q400 will help the low-cost carrier increase capacity to fulfil its growth ambitions and stabilize its flight schedules within Kenya.

It follows the delivery of another Dash 8 on lease from Abu Dhabi Aviation three months ago.

The domestic carrier recently inked an aircraft leasing agreement with Moscow-based IIyushin Finance Co (IFC) that will see it acquire two other Q400 aircraft from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The new aircraft will start operations in the next few weeks.

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