B787Absolutely spot on with your assesment. Proflight really gouge the paying public and there is no alternative and the road journey from Lun is a challenge to say the least. Interestingly it is the mining centre best placed to withstand the current downturn along with Kolwezi just across the border some 20 km away in the DRC. KQ fill 3 flights a day from HRE/LUN to NBO but most PAX are transit to Europe, USA, Dubai and China so not sure of sustainability of bilateral traffic although a code share with the like of QATER/ Emirates would change the outlook. My view is that the Zambian operation has real potential given lack of competition and pricing gap with SAA/KQ/ PROFLIGHT. Bye the Bye competing bus service charges $ 150 return to JNB and The journey takes close on 20 hours so bus services are in FJET's crosshairs.
Ed did say At Some Point
RE: fastjet Zimbabwe
Carbonix, that is interesting as that would appear to be #4 - that has been 'ready' since the beginning of July. Which then raises the question of why the delay??
I just had a look at Jeppesen charts for Solwezi. It doesn't come remotely close to being useable. The runway is 4,400' long which might be borderline useable if it were at sea level in a cooler climate and the A319 didn't operate too far thus reducing the take off weight to a minimum. However, the runway has an elevation on 4,547' (greater than the runway length) and it will be hot there. The runway is a mere 59' wide compared to standard width of 150'. And to top it all off, it's a "sealed" runway which is basically poor construction and would not take the weight of an aircraft like the A319. So, basically, not even a runway extension would work here. You'd need a whole new runway. Maybe this is on the cards but having checked the NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) there is no construction work going on near the runway or taxiway.
For those who are interested in such things, I see that Planespotters.net now has a separate page for fleet details of fastjet Zimbabwe: http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/fastjet-Zimbabwe And if you click on the '1' in the 'Due' column, it shows initial details of Z-FJE.
RE: Ed reveals Zambia routes
Yes, shylock, a great find. And interesting that it's been put on YouTube by fastjet themselves, so it's not just a 'slip of the tongue' from our Ed picked up and put on line by a listener to the radio station.
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