Silverstone Air has announced plans to rebrand to Jetlite Air Limited, following a series of mishaps that have seen the carrier receive negative publicity.
In 2019, Silverstone suspended its passenger flights following safety concerns, after a couple of its planes were involved in minor accidents.
Already, Silverstone has informed regulator of the name change to the new one (Jetlite Air Limited), as it seeks to bounce back.
Trouble for Silverstone started in October 2019 when one of its planes skid off the runway at Wilson Airport injuring two of the 50 passengers on board.
In November 2019, another passenger plane belonging to the company made an emergency landing at Eldoret International Airport after one of its wheels came off.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) then temporarily suspended Silverstone’s Dash 8 fleet for inspection, which seemingly did not yield much.
In September 2020, a Silverstone air cargo plane crash-landed in Mogadishu in unclear circumstances.
The airline says it had received bookings worth over Ksh100 million stretching to 2022, which have since been refunded.
”We had bookings worth over Sh100 million stretching into 2022. Most of those who booked directly and online have since been refunded. Those who booked tickets via agents will get refunded by those agents,” said Silverstone Air reservations manager Maureen Bittah.
Silverstone Air Services started as a charter and contract air operator using a Cessna Caravan CE208 to serve northern Kenya destinations and within South Sudan and primarily serving NGOs.
However, in 2017, the company rebranded to Silverstone Air, launching two 50-seater Fokker 50s to serve Kisumu and Ukunda-Diani in October.
The airline has since expanded to coastal destinations of Malindi and Lamu, adding two lease-purchase agreements 37-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q-100s. These were delivered in November and December 2017 respectively.