Proflight Zambia has begun flights on its new 50-seater jet aircraft, introduced to mark Zambia’s Golden Jubilee.
The Bombardier CRJ-100 plane was delivered to Zambia last week and operate throughout October, giving the airline time to assess market demand with a view to extending the lease on the aircraft going forward.
The new jet will primarily operate on the Lusaka-Ndola morning and evening flights, but where demand is high it will also be used on Solwezi, Mfuwe and Livingstone routes.
The aircraft is already proving popular with passengers, said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba.
“We have already seen strong take-up of seats on the new plane and the feedback we are getting from passengers is that the larger, more spacious cabin is very much appreciated,” he said.
Proflight’s new jet adds a newer, modern plane to its fleet and the larger size will enable service to be provided by two cabin attendants, rather than the usual individual attendant employed on its existing aircraft.
The CRJ has 50 seats, compared with the 29-seats on Proflight’s largest current plane, the Jetstream 41, enabling more passengers to be accommodated, in more comfort.
The CRJ-100 aircraft is 26.77m long and has a wingspan of 21.21m. It has a basic cruising speed of 785km and a maximum range of 3,045km.
Proflight, which celebrates 23 years of operation this year, flies from its base in Lusaka to Livingstone, Ndola, Kasama, Chipata, Mansa, Mfuwe, Solwezi and Lower Zambezi, as well as to Lilongwe in Malawi, and will begin flights to Kafue National Park in 2015. It commences flights from Ndola to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo on October 16.