National airline, Air Zimbabwe has suspended flights as much as mid-month resulting from upkeep works being carried out on its solely functioning airplane.
The airline, which has largely been working solely two serviceable plane, was left with one following the grounding of the favored Mbuya Nehanda final month. The remaining plane, the 767-200ER, also referred to as Chimanimani is present process servicing.
In an announcement yesterday, Air Zimbabwe mentioned it had made different journey preparations for purchasers who had booked flights prematurely however just isn’t taking any bookings as much as January 15.
“Air Zimbabwe needs to advise its valued prospects of a schedule disruption resulting from minor part improve on the B767-200 ER from 11 to 15 January 2019. We want to guarantee all valued prospects who’re holding confirmed and ticketed bookings inside the talked about dates that different preparations have been made in an effort to guarantee minimal disruptions to their journey plans,” reads the assertion.
The airline mentioned affected passengers will likely be contacted by way of e-mail, phone or SMS with info on different preparations for his or her journey.
“Normal schedule is expected to renew on 15 January 2019 and we’ll avail related updates by way of our web site and official social media platforms,” mentioned Air Zimbabwe.
In an interview yesterday, Air Zimbabwe company affairs supervisor, Mr Tafadzwa Mazonde mentioned that they had made different preparations with different airways.
“We have strategic relationships with different airways to cater for such circumstances,” mentioned Mr Mazonde.
Asked in regards to the leased plane that was meant to exchange Mbuya Nehanda, Mr Mazonde mentioned that they had since terminated the lease settlement because the cost of leasing proved to be unsustainably excessive. Air Zimbabwe grounded Mbuya Nehanda, a Boeing 737-200 ER for necessary upkeep expected to final over a month on December 30. The airline mentioned the upkeep check for Mbuya Nehanda was consistent with aviation high quality and security requirements.
“Air Zimbabwe needs to advise its valued passengers that our plane, B737 Registration Z-WPA popularly referred to as ‘Mbuya Nehanda’ will likely be grounded for a compulsory upkeep check which is expected to be accomplished after 45 days with impact from midnight 30 December 2018, consistent with aviation high quality and security requirements,” it mentioned in an announcement issued final month. Mbuya Nehanda serviced the Harare /Bulawayo /Victoria Falls /Harare in addition to Harare /Dar es Salaam routes.
Sources on the airline mentioned the airplane could be retired because it has served for 33 years.
“This airplane was acquired in 1986 and is probably going not going to return again into service. It could be very outdated. It is probably going going to get replaced,” mentioned the supply.
Air Zimbabwe, which has been persistently underperforming in the previous couple of years, was positioned under reconstruction on October Four final year by way of the Reconstruction of State-Indebted Insolvent Companies Act (Chapter 24:27). The transfer was designed to permit Air Zimbabwe a chance to clear its debt considered greater than $334 million. D
uring the reconstruction course of, all funds in the direction of money owed accrued by the corporate previous to October 4, 2018, can be quickly suspended and settled by way of this course of. In 1980, Air Zimbabwe had 18 plane flying into 31 locations however it’s now restricted to Harare-Johannesburg; Harare-Bulawayo and Harare-Victoria Falls and Harare-Dar es Salaam routes.