JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, August 23, 2022 – Federal Airlines (PTY) Ltd today announced the signing of a purchase agreement with Textron Aviation for six new Cessna Caravans C208B EX aircraft.
Commenting on the announcement, Federal Airlines (FedAir) CEO Mark Hurst stated, “the recovery of aviation and tourism in the southern African region has boomed in the post-pandemic period. Investing in the latest, modern aircraft with enhanced technology, reliability, performance, and comfort levels is key to us at Federal Airlines to ensure that we grow and deliver our leading shuttle flight and charter services to lodges and key leisure destinations in the region”.
FedAir, a renowned aviation company in South Africa, has become a leading air service provider flying shuttles out to some of Africa’s most stunning luxury safari lodges. As a result, the airline has become renowned for delivering a unique and seamless travel experience unparalleled in the market. Operating out of their own exclusive African-themed terminal departure lounge, guests enjoy the company’s high regard for exceptional customer service, reliability, safety and excellence.
Mark Hurst further commented, “the new six Cessna C208B EX aircraft will complement our existing fleet of Cessna Caravan aircraft, Beechcraft 1900 and Pilatus PC12, providing a versatile and reliable fleet to operate on our shuttle and charter flights network. FedAir is investing over US$18 million as part of its strategy to support the development of travel and tourism, demonstrating our commitment to growth. Investing in our expansion is something our worldwide travel and tourism trade partners, many of whom are global leaders in luxury safari experiences, will welcome as demand for African vacations skyrockets”.
Federal Airlines, also known as FedAir, revolutionised the concept of shuttle flights to Africa's breathtaking Safari and Game Reserve locations in the 1990s. Over the years, the Company has established strategic partnerships with industry leaders in the luxury safari sector, further enhancing the standards of personalised aviation and safari within South Africa. As a result, the brand has become synonymous with delivering unparalleled service levels, ensuring a seamless travel experience throughout South Africa and the neighbouring region.
FedAir's fundamental philosophy is centred around three key elements: safety, flexibility and exceptional customer service and satisfaction. The Company and all its employees and partners are firmly dedicated to providing outstanding flight services, which has resulted in establishing a reputation as a leading provider of air travel that significantly contributes to the sustainability of tourism and travel in South Africa.
FedAir provides two primary service offerings: Shuttle Services to opulent safari lodges and bespoke Charter Services to destinations of the customer’s choice within South Africa and the region. The airline currently operates a combined fleet of twelve (12) Cessna Caravan C208B, one (1) Beechcraft B1900D, and two (2) Pilatus PC12 aircraft as well as two (2) Embraer ERJ145 50-seater aircraft.
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