Articles tagged 'air zimbabwe'

Air Zimbabwe loses top pilots 1 October 2018 HARARE - Air Zimbabwe has lost two of its best female pilots who have reportedly joined Emirates and Fast jet. Chipo Matimba who in November 2015 together with Captain Elizabeth Simbi Petros flew the country's first ever all-female flight deck crew from Harare to Victoria Falls has reportedly ...
Govt takes over AirZim debt 30 July 2018 HARARE - Government has assumed Air Zimbabwe (AirZim)’s debt under the controversial Reconstruction of State-Indebted Insolvent Companies Act. The Act allows the State to take over assets of businesses deemed to be insolvent and incapable of servicing loans and charges owed to State institutio...
'Mugabe planes' torment minister 17 April 2018 HARARE - Parliament is turning up the heat on beleaguered Transport minister Joram Gumbo, demanding that he provides convincing answers on all aspects of the controversial new airline, Zimbabwe Airways — said to have links with former president Robert Mugabe’s family. Read full story in today'...
ED govt to seize 'Mugabe's planes' 11 April 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is moving to impound aeroplanes linked to deposed Robert Mugabe's famils, which stands accused of acquiring the aircraft through taxpayers' money. Mugabe's son-in-law Simba Chikore, who was briefly chief operating officer at struggling flag ca...
AirZim delay leaves passengers stranded 22 March 2018 HARARE - Scores of travellers were left stranded at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport after an Air Zimbabwe flight destined for Johannesburg failed to take off yesterday morning. Air Zimbabwe's marketing and planning manager Runesu Kwaramba confirmed the development to the Dai...
Govt scraps duty for NRZ, AirZim 12 February 2018 HARARE - The government has exempted two struggling parastatals, the Air Zimbabwe and the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) from paying duty on spare parts. This comes as the government is seeking to revive the rail and air transport system, which has been failing to make a mark, owing to th...
AirZim plane blows two tyres 6 February 2018 HARARE - An Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) plane failed to travel from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg after it ruptured its two rear tyres on Friday morning. The flight, Boeing 767, which was being flown by Captain Merna Cremer — wife to Zimbabwe cricket team captain Graeme Cremer —...
AirZim, Caaz square off 5 February 2018 HARARE - Struggling national flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) is locked in a bitter wrangle with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAZ) over a three-year arrangement involving air ticket charges and passenger service fees, it has emerged. The two parastatals had buried the hatchet when CAAZ cl...
Protests scuttle AirZim audit 17 January 2018 HARARE - Protests by former Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) workers have forced the International Air Transport Association (Iata) to indefinitely postpone a scheduled audit of the beleaguered national airline. The protestors were part of the 300 former AirZim employees who lost their jobs in July 2015 ...
Investigators target Mugabe son-in-law 17 January 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is digging into the goings-on at Air Zimbabwe (AirZim), with its investigators keen on unravelling the nexus between former president Robert Mugabe's son-in-law and Zimbabwe Airways. The Daily News can report that the corruption watchdog ...
Mugabe's plan to own airline slammed 30 October 2017 HARARE - Tendai Biti's opposition People's Democratic Party has said President Robert Mugabe's intention to be the first State president in the world to own an airline showed unbridled ambition and shocking greed. The airline, dubbed Zimbabwe Airways, was said to be purchasing condemned planes...
Fly Zim Airways recruits staff 27 September 2017 HARARE - Fly Zimbabwe Airways has started recruiting staff pending its launch. A newspaper advertisement which was published yesterday said Fly Zimbabwe Airways is seeking an unspecified number of flight attendants and cabin crew with minimum requirements of Advanced Level education; although ...
Air Zim loses $2m monthly 22 August 2017 HARARE - State-owned Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) is reporting huge losses of $2 million every month as mismanagement, high operating costs, old equipment and aircraft that are no longer profitable to fly weigh on its bottom-line. This comes as the loss-making carrier has cut 200 jobs, its biggest he...
Aviation tiff was poorly handled 22 August 2017 HARARE - The wrangle between Zimbabwean and South African aviation authorities, which left thousands of travellers between the two countries stranded over the weekend, could have been handled differently. Thousands of travellers, including international tourists, were caught up in a tiff betwe...
Zim, SA flights resume 21 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean and South African airlines resumed operations yesterday after a diplomatic standoff between the neighbouring countries grounded flights for almost two days from Friday evening. South African aviation authorities banned all Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) flights in and out of that co...
AirZim privatisation under threat 25 July 2017 HARARE - Government's plans to privatise national carrier, Air Zimbabwe, may be in for a bumpy ride amid indications that the airline’s major creditors are moving to stop the transition. Insiders who spoke to the businessdaily over the weekend said while government had made a provision for the...
Govt depts bail out troubled Air Zim 27 June 2017 HARARE - Various government departments loaned insolvent Air Zimbabwe over $8 million to bankroll its operational expenses in the 2016 financial year. The Auditor-General (AG) Mildred Chiri revealed this in a forensic report of government departments’ revenue statements and fund accounts for t...
Air Zim drowns in glut of bad news 18 May 2017 HARARE - Flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe, plumbed to new lows on Tuesday after it was banned from flying into Europe over safety concerns. The latest dose of bad news to hit Air Zim comes as the debt-ridden airline is barely managing to stay afloat, and to keep operating its creaky aircraft — a dev...
Govt waives duty on aircraft spares 9 May 2017 HARARE - Government has removed duty on the importation of all aircraft spare parts, a waiver that will see cash-strapped Air Zimbabwe free up millions of dollars needed for maintenance checks. A Government Gazette published on Friday stated that Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has in terms...
Stressed Air Zim plumbs new lows 28 April 2017 HARARE - Struggling national carrier Air Zimbabwe this week sunk to new lows after it resorted to issuing handwritten boarding passes — triggering a torrent of bad jokes from travellers expressing their shock at the extent of the rot devouring the airline. This comes as the debt-ridden flag ca...
Mugabe hires private plane 7 March 2017 HARARE - As the Zimbabwe rot continues unabated, President Robert Mugabe has been forced to hire a private jet for his recent overseas travels. This comes after the poorly-performing national carrier, Air Zimbabwe, failed to complete the servicing of its planes, which Mugabe uses, and which ar...
Air Zim seeks $770m 13 February 2017 HARARE - National flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe, requires at least $770 million to procure new aeroplanes suitable for domestic, regional and international routes, Transport minister Jorum Gumbo has said. “This will involve procuring three small jets for the domestic market and an appropriate mix...
'Air Zim struggling to pay Iata debt' 2 February 2017 HARARE - Hard-pressed national airline, Air Zimbabwe (Air Zim), is struggling to pay $3,5 million it owes the International Air Transport Association (Iata), Parliament's transport committee has said. Iata suspended Air Zim from its account settlement system in 2012 due to non-payment of fees,...
Airlines slash prices to woo passengers 16 January 2017 HARARE - The year 2017 has opened with heavy discounts on air tickets, bordering on a fare war of sorts, to woo passengers back to flying. Average fares have fallen by 50 percent as airlines cut prices to boost market share amid intensifying competition. The cuts come as budget airlines are...
'Vet key parastatal appointees' 16 October 2016 HARARE - Appointment of board members to State-owned enterprises must be subjected to vetting by Parliament to avoid nepotism and incompetence, National Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda said. Curiously, his remarks come on the back of an outrage over the appointment of President Robert Mugabe's ...