Air Zimbabwe (UM), Zimbabwe’s national carrier has taken delivery of the second Boeing 777-200ER aircraft registered Z-NBE (msn 28422).
The B777-200 is part of two long haul aircraft bought by the Zimbabwean government as part of the resuscitation of national carrier.
Taking delivery of the aircraft over the weekend, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Transport Joe Biggie Matiza said this was part of the rebuilding plan of Air Zimbabwe by equipping the airline with more aircraft.
“This completes the delivery of both aircraft after the first one that arrived in the country in January.”
What now for Air Zimbabwe?
Air Zimbabwe resumed domestic flights in mid-September and international flights on the 1st of October. “As we speak, the (Boeing) 737 is in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) operating on the regional route so this is great for Air Zimbabwe,” Matiza added.
The airline is expecting its sole Embraer ERJ145 back from Johannesburg, South Africa in mid-October where it’s undergoing a C-Check. Air Zimbabwe plans to deploy the aircraft on domestic and regional routes. “For domestic market, we have an Embraer (ERJ145), which is fully functional for domestic and regional routes.”
Air Zimbabwe has spoken in the past on plans to resume international flights to Dubai, London and the Far East. The addition of the B777s is expected to pave way for these plans but the airline has hurdles that it needs to cleared first.
Earlier in the first half of year, Air Zimbabwe sent the first B772 to Addis Ababa for what the airline called a routine maintenance. Previously, Zimbabwean government officials spoke on a swap deal with Ethiopian Airlines for the B772s for smaller equipment.
Air Zimbabwe’s Administrators Grant Thornton’s Tonderai Mukubvu commented “Government had committed to supporting the restructuring of Air Zimbabwe by giving them appropriate equipment, and these two pieces of equipment are now in the country.”
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