Thanks for that clarification FJ... If it's a ramp service vehicle then it won't be 'ours' directly as we have contracted these services but if so it would still affect us directly. Not an aircraft; we hope so, but the world is not what it was in many once considered well-ordered areas and places...
RE: RE: Spitefull sabotage
The post did not refer to the tyres being slashed as aircraft tyres ,don't believe it for one minute ,they have security ,probably as good as ours , a tug or ground vehicle possibly but not an aircraft.
RE: RE: Spitefull sabotage
I'd rather not answer that specifically HR... Aircraft tyres are incredibly tough as one would imagine, so it would be no easy task to inflict damage 'on the fly' as it would probably play out in, say, a turnaround. It is the duty of every crew taking command of an aircraft for a flight sector(s), for one of the flight crew membbers to perform a 'walk around' visual check of the aircraft's condition (in addition to a similar check made by turnaround/ramp maintenance aircraft maintenance engineers, when they are present - not always). Tyres are always a particular point of focus as they can be damaged on the immediately previous landing event. If we get a hint that airside people (given they have special checks before they are given permission to work airside) are deliberately interfering with aircraft, we should also become aware of local police involvement because under the auspices of ICAO, most countries are signed up to and have implemented the necessary regulations to ensure safety in the air, worldwide. Any such inteference is normally treated very seriously indeed.
RE: Break Even
Welcome Ifti787 - FJ can reach break even without adding new hubs or new planes:they just need to work the existing fleet a bit harder, ie another couple of hours per day. And Fastjet Tanzania could be a perfectly viable business on its own with several airfields due to be upgraded to handle jets. FJ wants to be a bigger, pan-African operator - but it doesn't *need* to be. To continue at current ops level only, we would probably need to raise $5m to see us through to profitability. But the picture is complicated by the planned sale of 51% of FJ Tanzania to locals. If that were to happen before January then we arguably wouldn't need to raise any cash at all. However, we do intend to add four more planes to the FJT fleet next year - but they don't count as current ops. But the plan is to build new hubs in Zambia, Kenya and possibly one other next year and those will require funding by FJ, even if they sell 51% of those operations to local investors. Your guess is at least as good as mine as to how much seed funding these new businesses will need to get going and become profitable.
RE: Spitefull sabotage
How do you go about slashing a aircraft tyre?
Thanks Fjetcrazy! One thing that is really keeping me motivated is the obvious fear that other airlines have of Fastjet. That coupled with the Ethiopian CEO's specific mention of Fastjet and I think we are on to a winner...
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