African regional carrier Fly540 has signed operating leases for another pair of Bombardier CRJ aircraft which will be deployed to its Kenyan and Tanzanian fleet.
Fly540 is affiliated to the transport division of diversified group Lonrho which states today that its transport operation posted full-year turnover of £21.3 million ($34 million).
It has established Fly540 in several regional centres in Africa.
Fly540 Angola is ready to begin commercial operations, says Lonrho, after a "long, drawn-out bureaucratic process".
"The operations have undergone an extensive ICAO audit and Fly540 Angola will be the only private-sector airline in Angola that is ICAO-registered," it states, adding that the Angolan regional market is "significantly under-serviced".
Lonrho says its Angolan division and the newly-formed Ghanaian division complete the "core" pan-African network for the company.
Its Ugandan operation has signed an agreement with air charter company Chapman Freeborn which will add further customers to Fly540, while its Kenyan service will expand its route network this month with flights to the coastal towns of Ukunda and Diani.