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About the airline
Founded in 2006, Fly540 is a low cost Kenyan airline based in Nairobi. Boasting a fleet of 5 aircraft, the airline operates scheduled passenger and freight flights to 8 domestic and 2 regional destinations. The airline commenced flight operations between Nairobi and Mombasa in late 2014. An earlier investor, Lonrho Africa, is understood to have paid $1.5 million for a 49% stake in the business. The airline’s passenger volumes rose by 93% during the first year of operations alone.
In mid 2012, Fly540 was sold for $85 million to Rubicon Diversified Investments, which would go on to become Fastjet Plc. This group purchased the airline from Lonrho Africa, with a view to establish Africa’s first fully fledged low cost carrier building on the EasyJet model’s success in Europe.
The airline used to have 2 subsidiaries – Fly540 Ghana, and Fly540 Angola – but both discontinued operations during 2014 due to unfavourable market conditions and financial pressures. The airline does, however, have plans for East African expansion during 2017 and beyond. Fly540 Ghana was sold by Fastjet, and resumed flight operations as Royal Fly540 (now Fly-GH). Flights were subsequently suspended, but the airline is expected to be relaunched during 2017.
Key routes and destinations
As of February 2017, the airline operates regular scheduled passenger flights to Eldoret, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Lamu, Lodward, Malindi, Mombasa from Nairobi. Fly 540 also flies internationally to Juba in South Sudan and Zanzibar in Tanzania.
Kisumu and Malindi-Lamu were added to its domestic routes during 2007, with international flights to Juba in Southern Sudan, Goma in the DRC and Entebbe in Uganda were added during 2008. Flights to Rwanda, Mozambique and Burundi are also being planned in the mid term.
Fly540 passengers are allowed a single checked bag of up to 20kg. Hand luggage dimensions may not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. For more information, click here. https://www.fly540.com/baggage.php
The 2017 fleet
As of the end of 2016, the Fly540 fleet consists of 2 Bombardier CRJ100ERs, 2 Bombardier CRJ200LRs, and 1 Bombardier Dash 8-100. The airline also signed a $150 million contract for 8 ATR 72-500s to be delivered between 2008 and 2009, yet this order was subsequently canceled.
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