Silverstone Air adds onto its fleet

Silverstone Air
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SSilverstone Air Services has acquired a 28-year-old Dash 8300 aeroplane from US based carrier Piedmont Airlines in an effort to support its ambitious local expansion plan.

The Dash 8-300 plane has a carrying capacity of 19 passengers and according to a news report by the Business Daily, the aircraft, which was made by Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, was handed over to Silverstone Air Services earlier this month.

The Dash 8-300 plane will add onto Silverstone’s current fleet that consists of two Dash 8-100s, one CRJ (F), two Fokker 50s and one E120 aircraft. The aircrafts are used to ferry passengers, cargo and logistical aid to different parts of the country.

Increased demand of flights to different parts of the country has seen the airline, which entered the country in 2017, implement an aggressive expansion plan to capitalize on the higher demand. Two weeks ago, the airline announced that it would introduce daily direct flights from Nairobi to Homa Bay effective September 2, 2019 in an effort to augment its local network coverage and footprint.

“The addition of this route to our network starting September 2 is a result of the numerous enquiries we have received since the launch of Kisumu route. It will help boost our network coverage and make it convenient for traders in the region to move with ease,” Silverstone Air sales Manager Patrick Oketch said then.

In July, the low cost carrier similarly introduced a new route to Maasai Mara and in May the airline started plying the Eldoret route which is dominated by carriers such as Jambojet and Skyward Express. The airline currently offers flights between the capital, Mombasa, Kisumu, Malindi, Ukunda, Lamu and Lodwar.  The air service provider is also set to introduce direct flights to Garissa later this month in an effort to attract customers using the North Eastern route.

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