Air Zimbabwe (Harare) with government assistance has resumed domestic operations again according to this report by The Standard. Previously the national flag carrier had relaunched domestic operations on May 2, 2012 (still on their website) until July 2012. The report also states the airline is planning to resume international operations today (November 4) (believed to be to Johannesburg).
The government of Zimbabwe has reportedly assumed the debt of the carrier.
Also according to the report, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is ready to “cooperate” with the struggling carrier.
Air Zimbabwe (Harare) still has hopes of flying again. According to this report by The Zimbabwe Mail the flag carrier is now considering leasing airliners from Embraer. The fallen airline reportedly owes its workers close to $40 million in back pay which leads to question; who would fly the aircraft?
Air Zimbabwe (Harare) as previously reported, was unable to resume domestic operations on February 20, 2012 as the company touted on its website. The flag carrier was unable to resume domestic operations because its unpaid pilots refused to fly without being paid first. Now according to this report by iafrica.com, the company has acknowledged it was unable to restart and all flights are “suspended indefinitely” pending a resolution. From an historical perspective, it is unclear when the actual last flight was operated.
Air Zimbabwe (Harare) is facing new difficulties every day. The last report had the flag carrier getting new aircraft. Now the latest report claims the carrier has been placed under judicial management (bankruptcy) by the High Court of Zimbabwe and could face liquidation if the court decides it is no longer a going concern.
According to the article by Bulawayo 24, Air Zimbabwe Holdings, Air Zimbabwe and the Master of the High Court were cited as first, second and third respondents respectively while National Airways Workers’ Union and Air Transport Union were the applicants for the court action. The airline has reportedly not paid full wages since January 2009.
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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. This Boeing 767-200 was impounded at London’s Gatwick Airport for unpaid bills. The government of Zimbabwe has to pay the unpaid bills in order for the aircraft to be released.
Air Zimbabwe (Harare) has reportedly taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 to help revive its local and regional services. In addition, the flag carrier is planning to acquire two Airbus A340s for its long-range routes according to this article by NewsDay.
Air Zimbabwe’s (Harare) future hangs in the balance. Many are calling for the debt-ridden national carrier to be declared bankrupt.
This pictured Boeing 767-200 was impounded at London (Gatwick) on December 12 due to the $1.2 million owed to American General Supplies. The long-range airliner has now been freed after the debt was paid and it arrived at Harare yesterday (December 25).
Flights to Johannesburg were suspended on December 16. The flights were suspended due to threats by ground handling company, Bid Air Services, to seize Air Zimbabwe aircraft due to unpaid $500,000 in service bills.