Fastjet Zimbabwe (FN, Harare International) is chartering in Cessna (single turboprop) 208B EX Grand Caravan capacity from Mack Air (MKB, Maun) for a new service between Zimbabwe's tourism capital Victoria Falls and Maun in Botswana, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Mack Air Chief Executive Officer Michael Weyl confirmed the aircraft was being "chartered Adhoc to Fastjet with a variety of our registrations certified for sub-charter as we meet their requirements [for] holding an international scheduled license and two-crew certified operation".

Fastjet Zimbabwe Chief Commercial Officer Vivian Ruwuya said the airline was operating the new service, launched on June 30, with a dual fleet consisting of its own E145 fleet and its partner's Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. "Both aircraft are known for their ability to provide the versatility to build a sustainable regional network with their right-size capacity," she explained.

The service operates four times weekly, providing "much-needed scheduled connectivity between Victoria Falls and Maun", two of the top safari and adventure tourism destinations in Southern Africa.

"Victoria Falls remains one of our strategic destinations, and this route adds to Fastjet's international presence in the region," Ruwuya said.

Fastjet's fleet comprises one EMB-145LR, one EMB-145LU, and two EMB-145MPs, the ch-aviation fleets module reveals.

According to company information, Mack Air operates a fleet of 21 aircraft, including seventeen Cessna Grand Caravan EXs, two GA8s, a single Cessna (single piston) 210, and a Cessna Citation M2 business jet, based at Johannesburg Lanseria for VIP and business charters.