Fly540 (Five Forty Aviation) is a low-cost airline based in Nairobi, Kenya. It operates domestic passenger and freight services.
The airline started operations between Nairobi
on November 24
. The service initially operated twice daily using 48-seat ATR 42
aircraft. The airline's name refers to its price of Sh5,540 per adult return fare between the above-mentioned cities .
is a major investor in the company, paying US $1
.5 million for a 49% stake. Lonrho's Joint Executive Chairman and Chief Executive, David Lenigas, was appointed chairman of the company in February 2006
In May 2007 the airline introduced two Bombardier Dash 8 Q100 aircraft to increase the airline's capacity, allowing it to develop new domestic routes to Lokichokio, Wajir and Mandera. It planned to expand to international destinations to include at least four other regional destinations in East Africa by the end of 2007, and to add another four in 2008. Fly540 carried over 10,000 passengers in April 2007.
The original scheduled flights included – except for freight flights – scheduled passenger traffic between Nairobi and Mombasa. Kisumu
became a destination in January 2007
. Daily flights on the Nairobi-Malindi
route were added in February 2007
. It was set to commence international operations in October 2007
by flying to Juba
in DR Congo
As of September 2007, Fly540 has the following destinations :
The Fly540 fleet includes the following aircraft (at March 2008
Accidents and incidents
On 13 August 2008
, a Fokker F27-500
cargo aircraft operated by Fly540 Logistics Ltd.
crashed about from the Namber Konton
airport near Mogadishu
. All three crew members died. The aircraft was said to be carrying a shipment of khat
. The plane had departed from Wilson Airport
in Nairobi. Its registration number is 5Y BVF