Air Zimbabwe, the national flag carrier yesterday took delivery of a Boeing 767, 265 seater aircraft that was bought in Malaysia, The Sunday Mail reports.
The aircraft was received by Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport yesterday.
Speaking at the aircraft delivery event at the RGM airport in Harare, Matiza said the delivery of the plane suits their strategy and said:
Now that the (Boeing) 767 is here as well, they all suit our strategy. For domestic market, we have an Embraer (ERJ50), which is fully functional; we have the 737, which also does domestic and regional. As we speak, the (Boeing) 737 is in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) operating on the regional route. So this is great for Air Zimbabwe . . .
Speaking at the same event, Grant Thornton’s Tonderayi Mabvuku who was administering the transaction said:
You would recall that the 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.
We are now putting efforts and plans together to try and ensure how we can optimally utilise these aircraft. We received an Embraer ERJ 50-seater aircraft in April 2019; this aircraft has since gone to South Africa for maintenance and major checks and we are getting it back end of October.
So we are anticipating, with these new additions, that operationally, Air Zimbabwe should start breaking even or making marginal profits.
What is critical going forward, still under reconstruction, is for Government to now avail funds for us to be able to settle our creditors, both local and foreign, and those discussions are currently at an advanced stage
Air Zimbabwe a few months ago announced that it was considering increasing its routes by introducing, Kinshasa, Capetown, Lusaka, Windhoek, Maun Routes.
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