Air Zimbabwe in Talks With Airbus and Boeing For Aircraft Deal
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development says it has entered into talks with Airbus and Boeing over their proposed leasing of aircraft to Air Zimbabwe. Air Zimbabwe has been searching for a strategic partner willing to invest into the cash-strapped national carrier. Among their priorities will be to refleet the airline whose fleet of two A320-200s (one of out service), two B737-200Advs, two B767-200(ER)s, and one MA-60 now averages 23.3 years of age. Airline CEO Edmund Makona has alluded to the use of either A330s or B787s for its widebody needs while both regional jets and B737s have been identified for its narrowbody requirements. Government, the sole shareholder, has pledged to waive a law capping foreign ownership in local firms at 49% in a bid to secure a strategic investor for the struggling airline. Meanwhile, the CEO of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), Karikoga Kaseke, has lambasted government for its predatory attitude towards the airline's survival.