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Air Zimbabwe is the national carrier of Zimbabwe, based in Harare (Zimbabwe), and used to operate regular flights to Johannesburg (South Africa), Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Lusaka (Zambia), London Gatwick (UK), Dubai (UAE), Nairobi (Kenya), Dar es Salam (Tanzania), Lilongwe, Bejing (China), Singapore and Mauritius.

Flight Routes

  • Johannesburg to Harare (JNB-HRE)

  • Harare to Bulawayo (JNB-BUQ)

  • Harare to Victoria Falls (HRE-VFA)

News

  • 18 July 2014. Air Zimbabwe has announced that they will resume flights between Harare and Kariba after cancelling the route seven years ago. The flight was cancelled because of a lack of demand but it will now start up again on the 1st of August 2014. The flights will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

  • 2 June 2014. Zimbabwean national airline Air Zimbabwe has successfully received their re-registration certification from IOSA after being de-registered in September 2012. The airline has passed the IOSA safety audit and can now resume international flights on all their routes.

  • 27 Oct 2013. An Air Zimbabwe B737 flight on its way to Harare, had to return to Victoria Falls after an engine caught on fire. The plane can take 100 pax, and there were 30 on board, none of whom were injured.

  • 15 Nov 2013. Air Zimbabwe has rescheduled its resumption of Harare to London Gatwick Airport flights to start on the 15th November 2013 (was previously on the 1st July 2013), and be twice a week.  

  • October 2013. Harare to Lilongwe & Harare to Lusaka flights are introduced, with 3 a week. Also, considering flying twice a week from Durban to Harare, where it will compete with SA Express flights to Durban from Harare.

  • 26 July 2013. Flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls are resumed, with 3 a week.

  • 5 July 2013. On a flight from Victoria Falls to Harare, an Air Zimbabwe B737-200 carries 1 passenger over its seating capacity of 105, with the additional passenger sitting on the jumpseat in the cockpit.

  • 21 Jun 2013. Air Zimbabwe announces that IATA has licensed it to resume international flights to other continents, and has a deal with Air France-KLM to maintain the Airbus A380s it is leasing. "We are, therefore, proud to announce the airline's re-registration following the international air transport association operational safety audit (IOSA) in December 2012," said Mr Munesu Munodawafa, the secretary of the Transport Ministry 

  • 27 May 2013. AirZim's new A320 is used for the first time on the Harare to Johannesburg flight route: "The Airbus has a wide appeal on the market because it is a better product with more comfort than others. We can operate competitively and profitably using this aircraft," said Shingai Taruvinga, the pr exec of AirZim.  The A320 is struck by birds which cracked the windscreen, grounding the plane.

  • 9 Mar 2013. In preperation for the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, AirZim resumes daily flights to Johannesburg, Bulaway & Victoria Falls.

  • 8 Mar 2013. Air Zimbabwe plans to purchase 2 Embraer planes: “We are in the process of acquiring Embraer planes by way of lease. They are more fuel efficient and will enable us to fly more regional routes and we hope we will be able to do that in the shortest time possible...Contrary to popular belief, the MA60 is actually a good plane and it’s more efficient. We can’t continue using the (Boeing) 737.” said Mr Ozias Bvute, Chairman of the board of directors of Air Zimbabwe.

  • 25 Feb 2013. Munesu Munodawafa, a government official, announces that Air Zimbabwe will reintroduce flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls from April.

  • 12 Dec 2012. Air Zimbabwe increases its frequency of Johannesburg - Harare flights to daily, and switches from using a B767 to an Airbus A320.

  • 12 Nov 2012. Air Zimbabwe resumes JNB-HRE flights, with 4 flights a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays) on a Boeing 767. Flights are scheduled to leave JNB at 20h00 and arrive at Harare Airport at 21h45 (and from HRE at 07h00 and land in JNB at 08h45). The first flight from HRE to JNB had 5 passengers on board and the return Johannesburg to Harare flight was empty. "The airline cruised the Johannesburg-Harare route with nine flight crew aboard including two pilots only identified as Captain Jonasi and Murombedzi, the first flight officer, an engineer and six air hostesses."

  • 12 Sep 2012. Iata suspends Air Zimbabwe's membership of the Association as it did not comply with global safety standards. On 12 June Air Zimbabwe was given 90 days to renew its Operational Safety Audit or lose its membership, but failed to the standards.

  • May 2012. Rumours abound that Air Zimbabwe is starting up again, but it turns out that Robert Mugabe is only using Air Zimbabwe's aircraft to connect with his flight from Johannesburg to Singapore.

  • 13 Mar 2012. Air Zimbabwe Holdings has been disbanded, but immediately replaced with Air Zimbabwe Private Limited. Air Zimbabwe Private Limited will use an airbus A320 for Zimbabwean & African routes, and will acquire more planes for its international flights. “The aim is to relieve the parastatal from the debt burden whereby government will be able to meet its obligations. Currently it employs 1 400 people and so there is a possibility of downsizing it.”  said  Edgar Nyoni, State Enterprises Restructuring Agency executive director.

  • 24 Feb 2012. Air Zim has been placed under judicial management, and may face liquidation, following an application by a couple of unions demanding that arrear salaries be paid (they said they have not been paid since January 2009 & were owed USD35m). The High Court of Zimbabwe has barred the Air Zimbabwe board from any involvement with the company, & appointed a judicial manager.

  • 16 Dec 2011. Air Zimbabwe has suspended flights to South Africa over fears that its planes may be confiscated, to pay its outstanding debts. Air Zimbabwe's acting CE, Innocent Mavhunga, said "We are not flying into South Africa. We are trying to secure funding to pay our debts in South Africa."

  • 12 Dec 2011. An Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767-200 is seized at London Gatwick Airport by American General Supplies, who are owed over $1m for the supply of spare parts. "The plane has been attached by one of our spares suppliers over an outstanding debt which we are negotiating to settle. The debt has been outstanding for some time now and it has been impounded after we failed to meet the deadline of November 30 to settle it. We are negotiating with the supplier to give us more time to look for the money while on the other hand, the Ministry of Transport is negotiating with the Ministry of Finance." said Airzim's CEO, Mr Innocent Mavhunga.

2 Dec 2011

Air Zimbabwe's only operational plane, a Boeing 737-500, is confiscated by Bid Air Services shortly after landing at O.R. Tambo International airport on a flight from Harare. Bid Air Services claim that Air Zimbabwe owes them $500,000 for ground handling services. After pleading for the release of the plane, as Robert Mugabe, needed it to fly to Victoria Falls to open a conference, Bid Air Services released it and Air Zimbabwe was given until Tuesday to pay up.

14 Nov 2011

Air Zimbabwe resumes international flights, after resolving a payment dispute with fuel suppliers.

1 Aug 2011

Air Zimbabwe pilots go on strike again.

15 Jun 2011

Air Zimbabwe puts passengers on to other airlines, as a result of suppliers refusing to provide fuel for flights to London and South Africa, over outstanding payments.

18 May 2011

Air Zimbabwe cancels all regional flights, after Zambezi Airlines took back a leased Boeing 737-500 as a result of $460k unpaid debt. "Yes, there have been problems with Zambezi Airlines, but we are negotiating with our partners. Only regional flights have been affected", said Chief Executive Innocent Mavhunga.

15 May 2011

IATA (International Air Transport Association) suspends Air Zimbabwe from flight reservation services instructing travel agents to "immediately stop all ticketing and refund transactions", after it failed to pay $280k of its debt for ticketing fees and worldwide billing.

20 Apr 2011

Air Zimbabwe strike ends after the Zimbabwean government agrees to pay striking pilots 67% of what they are owed.

22 Mar 2011

Radio VOP reports that Air Zimbabwe pilots have again gone on strike, protesting the non-payment of their allowances. The pilots downed tools and gathered in a parking lot at Air Zimbabwe's head office at Harare International Airport. The action resulted in the cancellation of flights from Harare to Johannesburg.

6 Jan 2011

It is announced that Air Zimbabwe CEO Peter Chikumba, brought in from Air Namibia, is leaving the airline.

8 Sep 2010

Air Zimbabwe pilots go on strike, in protest against unpaid allowances.

Jul 2010

IATA threatens to suspend Air Zimbabwe over unpaid debt.

Nov 2009

An Air Zim MA60 collides with wild pigs on the Harare Airport runway, on its way to Bulawayo. Two passengers suffered minor injuries, but the plane was badly damaged.

Feb 2004

Zimbabwe pays IATA $1.3m of debt owing, afer IATA had Air Zimbabwe suspended.

  • 1 Jun 1946 : Central African Airways is formed, as a JV between Nyasaland, Northern Rhodesia & Southern Rhodesia.

Air Zimbabwe flight reservations

Email contact

pr@airzimbabwe.aero

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Air Zimbabwe

Central reservations

+263 4 575111

Fleet

An Airbus A320, 3 Boeing 737-200s, 2 Boeing 767s and 3 Modern Ark (MA) 60s.

  • 2013-06-08. It's reported that AirZim are considering buying an A380. "We are hoping that the A380 arrives before we start our international flights in July. Even if the B767 starts flying there, we are hoping that the A380 will replace it." said Shingai Taruvinga, spokeman for AirZim.

  • 28 Mar 2013. AirZim leases a fifty seater Embraer jet, to use on its Harare-Bulawayo-Vic Fall-Harare route.

  • 27 Mar 2013. Air Zimbabwe takes delivery of an Airbus A320. “This plane will be plying our Johannesburg route.” said spokesman for AirZim, Shingai Taruvinga

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