Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:13

Zimbabwe’s new airline to take off soon

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Zimbabwe’s new airline, Sol Air, is expected to take-off in September this year with reliable domestic and regional flights.

Nkosilathi Sibanda, Managing Director told local newspaper, The Independent, that flights will take-off after elections.

“We are looking at the end of September to take to the skies just after elections. We will start with domestic flights and gradually regional,” said Sibanda.

Sibanda said the airline will start with a fleet of five aircraft: two Boeing 777-300s and three Boeing 737-800s, which are still in the United States and are expected to be in the country after being fully paid for. The aircraft will be held on a lease basis.

Sol Air is also acquiring two 30-seater turbo-prop small aircraft to serve routes like Kariba, Buffalo Range, Lusaka and Tete. The airline is yet to sign for the South Africa-based aircraft, which should happen later this year.

Hong Kong investor YAYA Sun is to inject more than US$100m (€86.17m) into the business.


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