State owned carrier Air Zimbabwe has taken delivery of the first of two Airbus A320 aeroplanes, which is expected to ply regional routes ahead of the country hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in August 2013.
The plane, which was going under routine maintenance and safety checks yesterday at the Harare International Airport, had already had the airline’s livery.
The Airbus will add to Air Zimbabwe’s current fleet comprising two B767-200s, three B737-200s and three MA60s.
Shingai Taruvinga, the airline’s spokesperson, yesterday said “This plane will be plying our Johannesburg route.”
Early this year, AirZim resumed daily flights to Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and Johannesburg.
The airline’s board chairperson Ozias Bvute told Parliament in March that Air Zimbabwe will resume international flights to London in July this year after beefing up its fleet as part of its turnaround strategy.
“We have looked at route viability and we have identified the short-term routes that we think we want to concentrate on and ensure that those routes are managed and serviced properly for the benefit of our travelling partners,” Bvute said then.
|Fast facts about the Airbus A320:|
|Seating capacity||164 (1 Class), 150 (2 Class) Typical|
|Cargo capacity||37.41 cubic metres.|
|Maximum speed||871 km / hr.|
|Maximum fuel capacity||24 210 litres|
|Empty Weight||42 600 kilograms|
Date: 24 May 2013