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African airline fastjet announces CTC Aviation agreement

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Africa’s newest airline, fastjet has selected CTC Aviation to provide flight crew training and aircrew recruitment support.

CTC will provide a range of support services in preparation for the airline’s launch. The two companies have signed a full service agreement that will see CTC supplying Training Captains and recruiting direct entry pilots and cabin crew for the operation. As the airline expands, CTC will also deliver conversion and type rating courses and a broad range of ground school courses including command skills development and instructor/examiner programmes, as well as the supply of simulator time for recurrent training at CTC’s Southampton (UK) training facilities.

fastjet, which plans to be Africa’s first pan-African low cost carrier, operated its inaugural public flight from Dar es Salaam on Tuesday 27 November and the first passenger service took off on Thursday 29 November. The airline has ambitious expansion plans and expects to carry around 750,000 passengers in its first year. The initial route focus will be on East Africa, with hubs in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi serving Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda. The first fastjet branded Airbus A319 arrived in mid-November and the company intends to grow the fleet to 15 aircraft by the end of 2013.

Captain Mike Redrupp, Managing Director and Head of Training (TRTO) for CTC Aviation Services Limited, said, “Supporting the start-up of an operation as exciting as fastjet is just the sort of opportunity we relish. We provided CTC pilots to support the inaugural flights and a team of CTC’s training captains is currently in Africa line training fastjet’s new pilots. With the launch programme having gone smoothly, we are looking forward to working together with fastjet’s team throughout their forthcoming expansion and beyond.”

CTC Aviation’s campaign to attract experienced pilots and cabin crew interested in joining fastjet continues and details can be found at fastjet.com. The successful pilot applicants will undergo training with CTC at their Southampton (UK) simulator centre.