Airline launches its inaugural cross-border service.
Champagne celebrations marked the launch of Proflight Zambia’s first international scheduled air service on Tuesday (June 4) from Lusaka to Lilongwe.
VIP passengers included the Malawi High Commissioner to Zambia HE David Bandawe, the Deputy Director of the Zambian Department of Civil Aviation Harrison Banda, Zambia Tourism Board Marketing Director Mato Shimbale, National Airports Corporation Board Member Lazarous Chota and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director of Communications Lubinda Sakanga, who joined Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Capt. Philip Lemba in a mid-air toast to the airline’s new route.
“This is a truly historic day for Proflight, and for the Zambian aviation industry. We are delighted that our two nations are now linked with a direct flight by one of our own airlines, and we look forward to providing a reliable, efficient and friendly service to all our passengers,” said Capt. Lemba.
Flights to the Malawian capital depart from Lusaka at 15:30 and arriving in Lilongwe at 17:10. The return flights leave Lilongwe on the same days at 17:55, arriving back in Lusaka at 19:35. The timing is designed to provide smooth connections to and from the Emirates flights from Lusaka to Dubai, which arrive in Lusaka from Dubai at 14:25 and depart from Lusaka for Dubai at 21:25 daily.
Return fares from Lusaka to Lilongwe start from around KR2,000 and will operate initially with Proflight’s 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft.
|Fast facts about Jetstream 41 aircraft:|
|Crew||3 (2 pilots + flight attendant)|
|Maximum take-off weight||10 886 kilograms|
|Maximum speed||546 km / hr.|
|Range||1 433 kilometres|
|Rate of climb||11.2 metres per second|
Passengers can book online at www.flyzambia.com, through travel agents, or through the Proflight Reservations Department
Telephone: +260 (0) 977 335563
About Proflight Zambia
Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is Zambia’s only scheduled airline. From its base in Lusaka it flies to Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi, Ndola, Solwezi, Chipata, Mansa and Kasama, and to Lilongwe in Malawi.
The airline prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service, and offering good value to business and leisure travellers locally and internationally.
The airline operates one 105-seater Boeing 737-200; two 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft; three 18-seater Jetstream 32; and three 12-seater Cessna Caravan C208 aircraft.
More information is available at www.flyzambia.com
Date: 6 June 2013