Air Zimbabwe gets new airbus

NATIONAL carrier, Air Zimbabwe, has taken delivery of an Airbus A320 which is expected to ply the Johannesburg route.

Report by Staff Reporter/Agencies

The plane, which was going under routine maintenance and safety checks yesterday at the Harare International Airport, had already had the airline’s livery.

The Airbus will add to Air Zimbabwe’s current fleet comprising two B767-200s, three B737-200s and three MA60s.

Shingai Taruvinga, the airline’s spokesperson, yesterday said another Airbus would be delivered soon.

“This plane will be plying our Johannesburg route,” she said.

A typical Airbus A320

A typical Airbus A320

“We should have another Airbus delivered soon.”

Early this year, AirZim resumed daily flights to Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and Johannesburg.

The airline’s board chairperson Ozias Bvute told Parliament in March that AirZim will resume international flights to London in July this year after beefing up its fleet as part of its turnaround strategy.

“We have looked at route viability and we have identified the short-term routes that we think we want to concentrate on and ensure that those routes are managed and serviced properly for the benefit of our travelling partners,” Bvute said then.

33 Responses to Air Zimbabwe gets new airbus

  1. TMaN May 24, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    What about the new embraer that they flew to falls today , or they leased tht ?

    • kurai Machirori May 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      love the embraers

    • kedo May 25, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Don’t waste your time talking politics when others are enjoying life with money. See how a Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A very simple idea but very realistic. WAKE UP AFRICANS.

  2. tomo May 24, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    mhunga akatenga bhazi rimwe chete totonyora mupepanhau here? ipai vanhu vamakamisa basa mari dzavo dzamusati mavapa. vry soon pamwe mangwana chaiye muchatora kandege kanyowani ikaka hutu nako namugabe nevanhu bobho plus vasingabhadhare, kofa, kotadza kugadzirwa, mamwe mapassengers oita inconvinienced, voramba kukwira futi, mopedzisira motakura vanhu gumi nevaviri sezvamakaita svondo rapera, motadzazve kuchengetedza mitemo ye AITA modzingwa, kana muchida kuita zvebasa rendege iri tangai matenga makombi nemabhazi motakura vanhu city-Mabvuku kana Chitungwiza toona kuti zvedi muri serious tozokutaurirai kti muchienderera mberi nezvendege, handikwire ende handidi

    • Gracia May 24, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      @Tomo wabaya dede nemukanwa

    • xyz May 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

      This is our national carrier , our flagbearer in the skies so its an of national importance

    • kedo May 25, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      U Don’t waste your time talking politics when others are enjoying life with money. See how a Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A very simple idea but very realistic. WAKE UP AFRICANS.

  3. xyz May 24, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    The article is half baked why didn’t you put up a picture of the actual AirZim plane

    • khuboni May 24, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      they cant just bake it, iy means that the source of the paper didnt have the actual pictures so he took a typical airbus from the net so he can show the public what air zimbabwe bought

      • xyz May 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

        The pics of the new airzim airbus with zim colours has been available is on , this article just goes to show the shallowness of our reporters

    • Mal May 24, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      There you go my dear

      • xyz May 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

        @ Mal thanks though I’d had already seen those pix was askin on behalf of those who hadn’t

    • Ralph May 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      very true its really half baked or even quarter baked. apa they just took a foto from somewhere of what an A320 looks like. furthermore, more justice cld have been done had the reporter told the public how much the plane cost and how was it funded. don’t be surprised later in life to hear that this A320 was funded by a Chinese loan for which the gvt is failing to repay and as such the Chinese are asking for more gold and diamond mines. justice shld have been done to us by telling us the impact of this acquisition to AirZim’s debt which was last reported as around $180m. may this report be re-reported by those who are able.

  4. leeds May 24, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    i’m in support of u xyz the issue with this nation’s journalism is jeopardized, what we need to see is sufficient appropriate physical evidence of the actual airbus Air Zimbabwe bought, and satisfy ourselves that the assertion they are presenting that is new is upheld. we do not expect new in terms of the Chinese new we are currently thriving on as Zimbabweans.

  5. My Word May 24, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Congrats airZIM!!! However, you have lots of work to do to regain flying public’s confidence. The inconveniences we experienced yestertimes is still fresh in our memories and you need to work hard to erase those painfull memories!!
    You may have millions of new planes but proper MANAGEMENT is the key.

  6. Falcon May 24, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    What a waste of scarce funds..shouldnt this money have been used to help industry restart and create jobs to replace those lost at the airline? Is this how our sense of priority translates itself? This airline is going NOWHERE and everybody knows this…is there another story we are not being told, like somebody getting the proverbial 10% with this USELESS purchase? A TOTAL WASTE!!!!

    If anything this purchase borders on the CRMINAL!

    • Themba May 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

      Falcon, SAA busiest route is flying into Zimbabwe, where are charge an amount equal to flight between Joburg- London. This is wrong to be short changing Zimbabweans. We need professionals working at Air Zimbabwe, and if the President wants to fly elsewhere, then Air Zimbabwe should organise first instead of leaving people stranded in Airports.

  7. zecksman May 24, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Mati ndege dziwande kutakura ivo vanhu gumi ivava? Zvakaoma.

  8. Ola spox May 24, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Airbus hahahaha, Zimbabwe airbus okay!!!

  9. Mupfana May 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Surely the story is half baked.Ndege idzi itsva here kana kwete? AIR ZIM yakawanepi mari yekutenga ndege idzi iyo yakachona kudai? Biti haana mari saka makaiwanepi ?Imari yemadiamonds here?

  10. reader May 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    the journalists failed here, in fact its a story by “Staff Reporter/Agencies”, and i believe “agencies” heard rumours about the purchase. We need to know how mush these new aeroplanes cost and see their pictures, Mr/s Jono!!

  11. Peter Macklyn May 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Nobody will fly in this aircraft whilst mugs is here because we don’t trust the airline flight schedule. Mugs thinks it’s his own personal fleet and has subsequently ruined its reputation.

  12. Cde Kereke May 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm #


  13. Madwala May 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Was this aircraft (and the next one too) purchased out-right or on a lease arrangement as SAA recently announced they were doing? And from whom and at what price? How old are these planes?

    Surely the reporters could do with a bit more research for the benefit of their readers.Blatant laziness helps no one

    • Falcon May 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      @Madwala- the standard of Newsday reporters is getting worse by the day..If these Newsday are benchmarking themselves against their colleagues at the Herald then this is the beginning of their mistake, the Herald is not a newspaper ceased being a newspaper years back, right now what they do there still has to find a name, an ugly name. Only a publication seeking its quick burial would benchmark itself against the Herald or their twin sibling on the hill called ZBC. Benchmarking against the Daily News does not help can a paper that says it is popular shut its readers off completely via an interactive platform which does not work and insult them by continuing to pretend that it has one. Newsday should benchmark itself against other serious publications like SA’s Star and so on. Why doesnt the management at AMH second some of their very competent journos to this Daily which will die soon if it continues on this trajectory..we are seeing stories from Elias Mambo and other more professional writers (though intermittently, and while at it where is that Ndamu Sande?) these days but lets see more while rigorous training is conducted on these new reporters rather than throwing them at the deep end. It becomes even more critical at this time when we are on the cusp of an election. Remember the telling words of former English legislator Edmund Burke “Yonder lies the forth estate and it is the most important of them all…” The media has to earn its stripes, this by sifting through what they write before posting it to an audience which has become as discerning as the Zimbabwean one and this way they also gain the respect of the other estates, namely parliament, government and the judiciary…PLEASE for your sake and that of ours UP YOUR GAME…and fast!! Let your readers say… “it can only be TRUE, I saw it on Newsday”..This will come from accurate READABLE reports..You can do Nike (Greek God of victory, now a corporate American sportswear giant) will say: JUST DO IT.

      • xyz May 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

        Well said , hope the editor or someone with authority @ newsday will read your comment and take this seriously

  14. tiregereiwo May 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    inombodhura sei iyo airbus yacho?

  15. PETSO May 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Those who want to see the plane can go to this website

  16. xyz May 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Very true , the Byo-JNB route is the most expensive of these and therefore with these new acquisitions
    AirZim should tap into this market and provide SAA with stiff competition

  17. Tjingababili May 25, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    nEW MANAGEMENT and not new a plane will save the sick airline!

  18. kedo May 25, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    YOU Don’t waste your time talking politics when others are enjoying life with money. See how a Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using to do that (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A very simple idea but very realistic. WAKE UP AFRICANS.

  19. Blazoe May 25, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Are the planes in the AirZim fleet leased or owned by air zim? I read something disturbing on wikipedea. Somebody say something

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