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Jambojet gets Q400 Dash 8 to boost domestic flights

Posted 19 January 2017 · Add Comment

Kenyan no frills airline, Jambojet has leased a brand-new Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 next generation aircraft from Abu Dhabi Aviation in a bid to improve its network-wide operations.

The new aircraft will replace one of the two Q400 aircraft Jambojet is currently using alongside its two Boeing 737s.

Delivery of the plane is expected to help the stabilise the countrywide flight schedule of the Kenya Airways’ subsidiary, especially the coastal routes including Ukunda, Malindi and Lamu.

“This new next generation aircraft has lower operating costs and will help us optimize our operations in terms of increasing the service quality as well as improving economics,” said Jambojet CEO Willem Hondius.

“We have some challenging runways for some of our destinations and the Q400 turboprop’s capability to operate in such terrains, its jet-like speed, long-range cruise capability and outstanding turboprop economics were key factors that guided us in selecting the aircraft for our operations. The level of in-continent support that Bombardier offers is also very important for us.”

The 78-seater aircraft is expected to start operations in a couple of days’ after gaining approval from Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.
 

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