Dollars-STRAPPED Air Zimbabwe has reportedly rebranded to Zimbabwe Airways after concluding a prolonged-expression lease offer, which will end result in the supply of four modern Boeing 777-two hundred planes from Malaysia Airways, NewsDay has realized.
Photos of the rebranded Zimbabwe Airways planes went viral on social media platforms yesterday.
The offer, according to resources at Air Zimbabwe, was signed by freshly-appointed main operating officer, Simba Chikore, as component of a fresh generate to beef up the national carrier’s fleet and boost its routes.
The national airline experienced lowered to domestic routes using the significantly-maligned Chinese created MA-60, an ageing 767-two hundred and refurbished Airbus A320.
“The task is currently being spearheaded by main operating officer Chikore as the company forges forward with restructuring. The planes, Boeing 777-200ER, are twelve years aged Malaysian Airways ex-fleet and four of them are expected soon,” the insider claimed.
Transportation minister Joram Gumbo has in the earlier handful of months travelled to the Far East to negotiate and seal the offer.
Gumbo yesterday claimed he was out of Harare and experienced not yet been briefed on the enhancement.
“I am outside the house of Harare at the second. The board has not yet briefed me on that, verify with the board,” he claimed.
AirZim board chairperson Chipo Dyanda was not reachable on her mobile phones and experienced not responded to textual content messages sent to her cellular phone.
Gumbo has, in the earlier, urged the Point out to just take around the airline’s $three hundred million personal debt to give it a thoroughly clean start out maybe less than a new title.
The airline has around the earlier handful of years retrenched around four hundred personnel, but there were studies that it was however prime-weighty and further cuts were imminent.
In the earlier four months, the airline experienced to depend on chartered planes to fly President Robert Mugabe on his intercontinental outings and schedule clinical verify-ups in the Far East.
The European Union previous month banned Air Zimbabwe from flying into the bloc, stating that their obsolete planes were now a stability hazard.