From : Dailynews.co.zw

By Bridget Mananavire, Staff Writer
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:14

HARARE – A new 19-passenger Soul Air plane is expected to make its maiden
flight this week doing charter flights for Zimbabwe International Trade Fair
(ZITF) participants, taking over where Air Zimbabwe has failed.

The plane, a Beech craft 1900 D model made in the United States will fly the
Bulawayo-Harare route during ZITF, awaiting approval for other scheduled
routes from the ministry of Transport.

Soul plane managing director Nkosilathi Sibanda said they are acquiring more
planes for local and regional routes.

“We will be getting bigger 90-passenger planes; we are looking at flying to
Bulawayo, Kariba, Victoria Falls and even Beira. But at the moment we are
just doing chartered flights.”

The local air market is now open after the fall of Air Zimbabwe, which had a
monopoly over air transport in Zimbabwe.

Air Zimbabwe has been promising to resume local flights since early this
year after its collapse and grounding of planes.

The national airline’s collapse attracted other international aircrafts like
Fly Emirates and Qatar airways to land at the Harare International Airport,
joining South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Malawi and the British
Airways; which were already servicing the Zimbabwe route.