Jambo Jet is a start-up low-cost subsidiary of Kenya Airways, the largest airline in East Africa, established to help meet rising competition in its core markets from new independent LCCs. The airline will compete with Fly540, Air Kenya and Jet Link. Jambo Jet plans to take over and complement some of Kenya Airways' regional and domestic routes, helping to establish a profitable domestic network for Kenya airways. The carrier plans to target routes from Nairobi to Kisumu,Eldoret and Malindi.
Fleet: Boeing 737
Launch: by Oct-2012
- Domestic: Nairobi to Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa and Wajir;
- International: Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Entebbe, Addis Ababa, Zanzibar, Pemba, Antananarivo, Bujumbura, Kigali, Hargeisa, Juba, Goma, Kisangani, Moroni and Dzaoudzi.
Location of Jambo Jet main hub (Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)
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Kenya Airways’ new low-cost subsidiary Jambo Jet has received its first route licences from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and is looking to commence operations by the end of 2012. The airline plans to eventually operate six domestic and 16 international routes within Africa from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, using a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.
Kenya Airways remained profitable for the six months ended Sep-2011, despite high oil prices and the European economic climate, due to strong passenger demand and its continuing route expansion. The East African carrier plans to continue with its aggressive expansion plans, aiming to begin additional services to major trading partners China and India in the near future. Kenya Airways’ board of directors approved the carrier’s planned rights issue in the period, which will fund the planned route and fleet expansion. The board also approved the doubling of the carrier’s share capital to KES300 billion (USD3.0 billion) ahead of the cash call.
Kenya Airways has remained tight-lipped about its LCC subsidiary Jambo Jet’s progress, only revealing it will operate all, and possibly more, of its parent’s East African routes. If this is the case, Kenya and East Africa’s domestic and regional capacity share will be given a major shake-up as a LCC will become one of the region’s largest carriers.
East Africa’s largest airline, Kenya Airways, is considering setting up a low cost subsidiary to operate some of its domestic and regional routes to meet rising competition in its core markets. Kenya Airways’ start-up LCC, to be named Jambo Jet (Jambo means “hello” in Swahili), will compete with Fly540, AirKenya and Jet Link. Jambo Jet will take over and complement some of Kenya Airways’ regional and domestic routes, and may even launch new routes for the parent company.