Air Zimbabwe is set to acquire aircraft and expand its fleet as early as Q1 2022 according to the national airline’s CEO.
The carrier finally concluded its reconstruction process mid 2021 and is implementing a turnaround plan with hopes of revival. Government has committed up to USD 4 Million towards the flag carrier’s recapitalization as was revealed by Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube during his 2022 national budget speech towards the end of 2021. According to a report by Ch-aviation, he said the recapitalisation was in support of the national airline’s six-year strategic turn-around plan
The carrier is still expected to deliver a second Embraer E145 after delays last year
Speaking recently to outline the airline’s plans for 2021, CEO Tafadzwa Zaza said: “Key to our focus for the year ahead, barring any unforeseen disruptive new variants, is route expansion with a plan for one intercontinental and two regional destinations while frequencies on the current domestic and regional schedule will also be increased as we aim to improve your travel convenience”
The airline also plans to recalibrate its route network.
“Resumption of flights to Bulawayo from Johannesburg is also expected in the coming year. Tourists and traders to Dar es Salaam will also have the convenience to connect either Bulawayo/Harare/Dar es Salaam or Victoria Falls/Harare/Dar es Salaam return three times weekly.” The CEO added
“We managed to resume our full scheduled operations, albeit phased with minimum disruptions which success we can attribute to the goodwill from the vaccination programs which have boosted passenger confidence to fly again. It is this confidence boost that has given us wings to position for 2022”