Zimbabwean national carrier Air Zimbabwe is planning to purchase smaller aircraft to service local destinations.
Speaking at an online tourism stakeholder’s engagement hosted by the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ), the airline`s Head of Marketing Tafadzwa Zaza said, “We have plans to acquire smaller aircraft so that we can service those smaller airports that we cannot reach right now.”
Currently Air Zimbabwe serves three domestic destinations in Zimbabwe namely Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. Previously under the “Flame Lily” banner the airline used to fly to tourist destinations like Kariba, Masvingo, Hwange and Chiredzi.
Zaza did not disclose the type of smaller aircraft that the airline is looking into purchasing or leasing. In 2019 Air Zimbabwe took delivery of an Embraer ERJ145 that had been grounded at its Harare base due to the unavailability of aircraft manuals from the manufacturer. The airline has since acquired the manual after undergoing the “Know Your Customer” (KYC) exercise with Embraer.
In the past Air Zimbabwe has operated a leased Embraer ERJ145 for its regional and domestic routes. In the Early 2000’s the airline took delivery of three Chinese made Xian Modern Arch 60 (MA60) turbo prop regional jets. The short-haul turbo props were deployed on both domestic and some thin regional routes.
Early this month Air Zimbabwe were handed over the second Boeing 777-200ER formerly operated by Malaysia Airlines by the Kuala Lumpur based Maintenance Repair Organisation (MRO) Asia Aerotechnic.
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