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Jambojet ranked airline with the youngest fleet in Africa

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019

Just a month after Jambojet was awarded the coveted IATA Operational Safety Audit Certification, the regional low-cost carrier has been ranked top airline in Africa with the youngest fleet in a report by global aviation intelligence provider, ch-aviation.

The report shows that Jambojet’s average aircraft age is 4.3years compared to the continent’s average of 16 years, the oldest globally. It is followed by Royal Air Maroc Express of Morocco and Air Austral in Reunion at 6.03 and 6.05 years respectively.

Ethiopian Airlines and RwandAir come in fourth and fifth respectively at 6.11 and 6.17 years respectively.

“This recognition is yet another validation of our commitment to keeping customer safety at the core of our business. We remain committed to matching our words with action which is why we made a business decision to only acquire brand new aircrafts,” said Allan Kilavuka, CEO, Jambojet.

Globally, the average age of aircrafts flying is 12 years. The youngest airline fleets is in Asia which averages 8.5years.

“This year, we also looked at the youngest fleets for larger airlines separately, because fleet renewal for these airlines is more complex and requires more capital than for small start-ups,” said Thomas Jaeger, CEO, ch-aviation.

“Our data clearly shows that Asian airlines continue to see tremendous growth, especially the low-cost carriers. This coupled with good access to capital for new aircraft leads to the youngest fleets being in this part of the world,” he said.

The report analysed more than 30,000 active commercial passenger and cargo aircraft.




About Jambojet Limited


Jambojet is a regional low-cost airline that currently flies to six destinations from its hub in Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Entebbe, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Malindi and Ukunda (Diani). The no-frills airline, launched in April 2014 recently became the only low cost carrier in Kenya to be awarded the coveted IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA registration). IOSA is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the safety, operational management and control systems of an airline.

Jambojet is also the 2018 winner of the Bombardier Reliability Award for outstanding performance in dispatch reliability. Since inception, Jambojet has enabled affordable air travel for all, with first time flyers accounting for about 30% of its customers. In the five years of operation, the airline has achieved undeniable business growth; with an aggressive fleet expansion comprising of 5 De Havilland DHC 8 Q400 Next Generation with an additional 4 on order, regional growth with the introduction of flights to Entebbe and flown over 3million passengers. This number is set to grow as more travellers appreciate the benefits of low cost flying.



About ch-aviation

Founded in 1998 as an aviation information service provider in Chur, Switzerland, today ch-aviation operates as the largest and most comprehensive B2B database in the area of commercial aviation. ch-aviation provides more than 800 customers around the globe with relevant and up-to-date airline intelligence and insightful news on the aviation industry.

ch-aviation provides reliable and accurate intelligence, and its data and industry news coverage are trusted by airlines, airports, brokers, finance and leasing companies, government agencies, consulting and human resources companies, IT providers, aircraft manufacturers, MRO’s, tourism and hospitality enterprises and travel buyers all around the globe.