According to eTurboNews, fastjet has been granted an Air Operator Certificate by the Zimbabwean civil aviation authority.
Placing an Airbus A319 in Zimbabwe was the precursor to fastjet launching both domestic and regional flight operations as a designated airline which is registered in Zimbabwe and meets the required nationality ownership standards. The audit ahead of handing fastjet its AOC included a comprehensive review of the company’s operating manuals and standards, maintenance arrangements for the aircraft, training for crews, and qualifications of senior staff holding positions as accountable managers, among other points on the extensive checklist.
This development completes the regulatory requirements which started in March 2015 after the ZCAA granted fastjet an Air Service License. Fastjet is expected to announce its routes and launch dates shortly.
Next in line will be Zambia, where another Airbus A319 has already been secured to be placed in Lusaka to also complete the AOC audit ahead of launching operations there, too.