Monday, January 18, 2021

Blue Sky enters Botswana aviation industry

Blue Sky, which is expected to hit the skies anytime, is open to work with Air Botswana. The airline is anticipated to give competition to the national airline, Air Botswana.

“We are available to work with Air Botswana if we fit well in their strategy,” said Mark Spicer, Managing Director of Blue Sky.

Spicer said they are ready to start flying as soon as the Civil Aviation Authority finalises the last documents.

“We are waiting for the Civil Aviation to add the aircraft to my operating certificate to start flying the aircraft,” he said.

Spicer said the airline will initially be operating one jet, with plans to increase its fleet. The first Boeing 737 is currently parked at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport pending its inaugural flight.

“Our second aircraft is undergoing routine inspection and will be available by the first half of this year,” he said.

He said he is excited to be contributing to the development of aviation in Botswana, with plans for scheduled flights to important South African destinations such as Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and other parts of Southern Africa.

As a local airliner, Blue Sky will also have local routes to such destinations as Maun, Kasane and Francistown. The Boeing jet is famous for both luxury and speed and can carry over 102 passengers.
Blue Sky is operated by the Flying Mission Services, a company that has been in the business of chartering aircrafts, as well as operating air medical evacuation services for the Ministry of Health for decades in Botswana.

FMS initially operated as an NGO but became a charter business in the early 90s, with its purpose being to generate income for its non-profit parent organisation, Flying Mission.
Spicer says the new airline will contribute to the development of the country’s aviation industry and create jobs for Batswana.

“We will open new routes for towns and cities that are not being serviced. In that way, we’ll be providing convenience for traders and potential investors.

He said Blue Sky airline will not be operating as a budget airline rather their prices will be equally competitive.

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