Air Zimbabwe to Operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?
Air Zimbabwe is in talks with an unspecified Malaysia-based firm over the proposed lease of a Boeing 787, according to the Financial Gazette. This development is in a bid to recapture its share of the long haul market which it has B767-200(ER)s lost to Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South African Airways. The Financial Gazette reports that the Zimbabwean Minister of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development, Joram Gumbo, ministry officials, and a team of aviation experts and airline top management last month accompanied president Robert Mugabe during a working visit to Malaysia to scout for aircraft for the national carrier.
In addition to its two Boeing 767-200ERs which are deployed on their long haul services, Air Zimbabwe also operates two Boeing 737-200Advs and two A320-200s leased from China Sonangol International. The airline also operates an MA-60.