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New Air Zimbabwe Airbus in maiden Jo'burg flight

by Business Reporter
28 May 2013 at 03:25hrs | Views
AIR ZIMBABWE yesterday introduced the new 150-seater Airbus A320 on the Harare-Johannesburg route as it seeks to regain its lost market share on the route, which it re-established late last year.

The Airbus, a mid-range aircraft acquired last year, will service the route daily. It replaces the Boeing 767.

Speaking to journalists soon after landing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Airzim public relations executive Ms Shingai Taruvinga said introducing the Airbus had been necessitated by customer demand to have a more efficient and competitive product on the market.

She said the Boeing 767 was a long-range aircraft not designed for regional routes as it consumed more fuel than the Airbus.

The introduction of the plane is bound to restore the credibility of the national airline, in decline for the past 12 years.

Ms Taruvinga said the introduction of the Airbus did not imply that their other aircraft had become redundant.

"We have plans for them which we cannot disclose at the moment, but we will let you know in due course," she said.

Air Zimbabwe is trying to restore its viability following years of decline, precipitated by the country's challenging economic environment.

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