Air Zimbabwe can trace its history directly to the formation, on 1 June 1946, of Central African Airways which was a joint airline between Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland. In 1967 the three countries agreed to â€˜divorceâ€™ which led to the formation of Air Rhodesia Corporation on 1 September 1967. The airline changed its name to Air Zimbabwe Corporation in February 1980 at Independence.
In May 1982 the Government directed Air Zimbabwe and the national freighter airline Affretair to merge their operations. In July 1983 the freighter company was taken over by Air Zimbabwe. The airline became a wholly governmentâ€“owned private company (registered as Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited) on 20 November 1997.
In 2003, the carrier had been struggling financially and had been temporarily suspended by International Air Transport Association (IATA) over unpaid debts in 2004. A foreign exchange crisis in the country led to the cancellation of the carrier"s operations in late 2005. In late October 2006, prices on Air Zimbabwe flights rose 500% due to inflation increasing to over 1,000%. As of May 2011, the airline is suspended from the international financial and booking system by IATA over unpaid booking fees. It was announced in early 2011 that the government will absorb a US$140 million debt in order to make the company more attractive to foreign investors.
About the airline
Air Zimbabwe is the national airline of Zimbabwe, headquartered in Harare. The company is a member of the International Air Transport Association and of the African Airlines Association since 1981. It is 100%â€“owned by the Government of Zimbabwe.
The carrier operates a network within Southern Africa, Asia and London-Gatwick. Its destinations are as follow: Greece, China, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Germany, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malaysia, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kenya, Mauritius, Singapore and Namibia. The domestic routes consist of: Bulawayo, Chidredzi, Gweru, Harare, Hwange National Park, Kariba, Masvingo and Victoria Falls.
The airline"s fleet consists of the following equipment: 3 Boeing 737-200 Advanced, 2 Boeing 767-200ER and 2 Xian MA60.
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