Jambojet on Wednesday announced the addition of one new aircraft to its growing fleet, bringing its total number of aircraft to eight. According to the Company, the aircraft, christened Kozi, will address the surging demand in air travel, a testament to the recovery in the sector, post Covid-19 pandemic.
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 stops 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 expressed the Company's excitement saying the new aircraft is a show of commitment to customer safety. "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," he said.
The De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Q400 NextGen is a 78 to 82-seater aircraft is said 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.