President Robert Mugabe visited Malaysia, a fortnight ago and was accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development, Joram Gumbo, ministry officials, a team of aviation experts and AirZim’s top management. Gumbo confirmed to Financial Gazette this week that he had accompanied President Mugabe to Malaysia to search for new aeroplanes for Air Zimbabwe.
Gumbo also revealed that the national airline is looking for new routes as they are currently flying into South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania and has been planning to re-launch Harare-London flights.
Speaking to Financial Gazette, Gumbo said,
After the discussions that we are having with technical partners, we will have long haul planes. It does not help us to receive planes and keep them at the Harare International Airport without routes. I am trying to scout for routes for Air Zimbabwe. That is why I went to Malaysia. I went to see Air Malaysia to see how they operate. I will also be visiting China and Singapore to see if Air Zimbabwe can connect through these routes to China. I also want to go to Nigeria to see if we can have direct flights to West Africa
Air Zimbabwe’s aged fleet comprises two Boeing 767s, three 737s, three MA60s and two Airbus A320s. Out of these planes, only four are flying – one airbus, one Boeing 767, one 737 and an MA60.
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