The countryâ€™s newest airlineâ€š Fly Blue Craneâ€š which promises to offer travellers the best in both affordability and premium qualityâ€š will launch its inaugural flights from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Bloemfonteinâ€š Kimberley and Nelspruit from September 1â€š the air carrier announced on Sunday.
Bookings for flights on the new airline open this Tuesday.
â€śFly Blue Crane has anticipated and is positioned to deliver on what customers want: the enhanced convenience of frequent flights through high on-time performanceâ€š commitment to consistent service excellenceâ€š advanced online technologies that will make the booking and travel process fuss-freeâ€š and of course highly competitive faresâ€šâ€ť said Fly Blue Crane CEO Siza Mzimela.
The COO of Fly Blue Craneâ€š Theunis Potgieterâ€š said the airline was poised to become an African aviation innovator by responding to market needs and implementing invaluable insights from global travellers who have revealed that customer value is not based on low pricing aloneâ€š but also in areas such as consistencyâ€š frequencyâ€š professionalism and reliabilityâ€š as well as softer touch-points which include complimentary quality meals and the level of attention to detail paid to customersâ€™ special needs when flying.
â€śFly Blue Craneâ€™s customers can look forward to such a fresh approach to air travelâ€š which blends the best of both worlds without compromising on premium serviceâ€šâ€ť he said.
â€śBy using what we have learned over the years about international airline best practiceâ€š we have also created a cost structure which allows us to offer competitive fares without cutting any corners on qualityâ€š safety and reliabilityâ€šâ€ť explained GM Commercialâ€š Jerome Simelane.
During its launch phaseâ€š Fly Blue Crane will operate modern and fuel-efficient 50-seater Embraer Regional Jet 145 (ERJ) aircraft in a single class configuration. The use of a single aircraft type will allow for quick aircraft turnaround times and maximum crew synergies.
â€śWe aim to make our mark serving the increasingly commercially significant provincial and regional capitals. Our aim in the coming years is to make air travel an altogether better and more rewarding experience in Southern Africaâ€šâ€ť Mzimela said.
During its initial launch phaseâ€š Fly Blue Crane will have five flights a day to Bloemfontein during the weekâ€š with two flights on Saturdays and three on Sundays. There will be three flights a day during the week to Kimberleyâ€š one flight on Saturdays and two to the city on Sundays. The airline will service Nelspruit twice daily from Mondays to Fridaysâ€š with one flight on Saturday and one on Sunday.
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