Fly Blue Crane: From Jozi to Mthatha

Yesterday marked the launch of Fly Blue Crane’s new service from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, with bookings opening up as well.

The offering boasts two return flights daily from Monday to Friday, and one return flight on Saturdays and Sundays, stated the airline’s chief commercial officer, Theunis Potgieter.

“Fly Blue Crane is responding to what customers travelling between Johannesburg and Mthatha have always wanted: the enhanced convenience of frequent flights through high on-time performance, commitment to consistent service excellence and highly competitive fares,” Potgieter added.

The new airline which took to the skies from its Johannesburg hub last year September, currently already flies to both Kimberley and Bloemfontein in addition to flying between Kimberley and Cape Town and Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

“It also offers cargo services on all its flights,” said the airline.

Their new flight route to Mthatha comes ahead of other plans by the airline to launch routes to other destinations in Southern Africa.

“All the planned new services are in line with Fly Blue Crane’s regional ambitions that we articulated at the time of our launch last year. Our aim in the coming years is to make air travel an altogether better, convenient and more rewarding experience in the entire Southern Africa sub-region,” Potgieter said.

The airline currently operates with a ‘modern and fuel-efficient 50-seater Embraer Regional Jet 145 (ERJ) aircraft in a single class configuration.’ It also makes use of International Air Transport Association (IATA) code 7B.