Tuesday, 17 December 2013

PIC: British Airways Comair Arrival at Harare International Airport

British Airways Comair 737-300 arriving late on a rainy early evening at Harare International Airport. In the background, an Egypair 737-800 is parked awaiting its evening departure back to Cairo via Dar es Salaam while an Emirates Airbus A340-300 begins boarding for its return flight to Dubai via Lusaka.
Date: 16/12/2013

Monday, 16 December 2013

Emirates Launches a Daily A380 Service to Mauritius

HARARE, ZIMBABWE, December 16, 2013: Emirates, a global connector of people and places today launched its 24th A380 route, working with its partners in Mauritius to say “Hello A380” in style. At the airport ceremony to welcome the first daily A380 service, Emirates signed a new and enhanced 10 year commercial cooperation agreement with Air Mauritius, and a renewed Memorandum of Understanding with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority. The A380 allows Emirates to bring an extra 153 passengers each day to the beautiful island set in middle of the Indian Ocean. It is the first airline in the world to operate an A380 service to a destination in the Indian Ocean. Travel demand to the island is growing, and Emirates in 2012 carried over 350,000 passengers and 6,000 tonnes of cargo between Mauritius and its global network of 130-plus destinations spanning 78 countries. 
The inaugural A380 daily service arrived at Mauritius’ Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International
Airport with over 500 passengers and VIP delegation from Emirates, including: Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer; Adnan Kazim, Divisional Senior Vice President, Planning, Aeropolitical and Industry Affairs; Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Centre (GCC, Middle East, Iran & West Asia) and Orhan Abbas, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (Latin America, Central & Southern Africa). It was met on landing by the Hon. Michael Sik Yuen, Minister of Tourism and Leisure, Republic of Mauritius; Andre Viljoen, CEO Air Mauritius; Anand Kinnoo, Acting Director of Civil Aviation, Republic of Mauritius and Rohit Ramnawaz, Chairman, Airport of Mauritius. 
 “Since August 2008 Emirates has served over 18 million passengers on our A380s. Our customers love it, and we continue to see a big demand to fly on the aircraft,” said Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline. “Our A380 service to Mauritius means passengers from key markets such as London, Paris, Moscow and Shanghai, flying via our hub in Dubai, now have the chance to experience a seamless Emirates A380 experience including the world-class service and product across First Class, Business Class and Economy Class for which the airline is renowned. The larger aircraft also means we will be able to bring 153 more passengers each day to this beautiful island destination, thus further strengthening our support for the country’s tourism industry and trade sectors”. 
Mauritius is renowned for its world-class beaches and local hospitality. To showcase those attributes and to celebrate the arrival of the A380, Emirates worked with 100 local Pirogue fishermen to create a Mauritian-style “Hello A380” greeting to all global travellers. This was orchestrated in the stunning setting of Blue Bay Reserve Marine Park, located in the south-east of the island. The A380 will operate as flight EK 701 departing from Dubai International Airport at 03.10 hours and arriving in Mauritius at 09.40. The return flight EK 702 will depart at 18.20 hours and arrives in Dubai at 01.10 the next day. Emirates also operates a second daily flight to the country using a Boeing 777-300. 
Mauritius  joins an illustrious list of global destinations Emirates operates its flagship aircraft to: Dubai, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manchester, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto and most recently Los Angeles which launched earlier this month.
Emirates is the largest operator of the A380 in the world with a fleet of 42 and 98 more on order.
For further details about Emirates or to book your flights to Mauritius, please visit: or contact your preferred travel agent. 

CAAZ Plans to Market Bulawayo’s Joshua Nkomo Airport

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) has said it is working with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) to market multi-million dollar Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport on the outskirts of Bulawayo amid fears the airport could become a white elephant. Bulawayo has suffered massive de-indutrialisation over the last decade or so. Speaking during his seventh inauguration as president in Harare after a July 31 general elections triumph, Mugabe said although industries had collapsed countywide, Bulawayo’s industrial base had shrunk to “scrapyard levels”. The new terminal, which has state-of -art facilities, received its first flight on November 1 following a directive by President Robert Mugabe to start operating.

 The facility, which has a capacity to handle 1,5 million passengers a year, has been under construction for more than a decade during which it missed several deadlines to commence operations. For years the airport has been handling the arrival and departure of domestic and international flights under a makeshift aircraft hangar made of corrugated iron sheets transformed into a temporary terminal.
Last week Caaz chief executive officer David Chawota said they would not allow the airport to become a white elephant. “Arrangements for keeping the airport busy are in place. We cannot have a situation where the airport is underutilised,” said Chawota.  “We will go all out to ensure that this facility gets maximum exposure. We are working with the ZTA to sell the country to international visitors,” said Chawota.
There are concerns that due to massive company closures countrywide as the economy continues to struggle the airport would be underutilised. The airport can handle 400 passengers arriving and another 400 departing during peak hours. There are about 15 contractors working on the project that includes the refurbishment of the international arrivals’ hall, a variety of shops and a car park with a holding capacity of about 400 cars and a separate state pavilion. In addition to a business lounge, the airport houses bars, banks and the Joshua Nkomo gallery. In the lead-up to the November opening, some companies and service providers that had signed contracts to operate at the airport pulled out citing delays.
Article by Nqobile Bhebhe of the Zimbabwe Independent.

PICS: Departing Harare International Airport

Completed section of the Joshua Nkomo Expressway leading to Harare International Airport. Progress is moving at a snails pace. Once completed the dual carriage will cut down travel time into Harare CBD.

Driving past the Air Zimbabwe hanger as you enter into Harare International Airport. The section of the road is still under construction.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-800 dreamliner begins boarding while an Egyptair Boeing 737-800 in Star Alliance colours is parked for the day waiting for its evening departure back to Cairo via Dar es Salaam.

A view of the terminal and control tower with beautiful skies above.

All three African Star Alliance carriers lined up at Harare International Airport, South African Airways, Egyptair and Ethiopian Airlines.  

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) plane wreck found in Namibia, all 33 onboard dead

Windhoek — Police on Saturday found the burned wreckage of a Mozambican Airlines plane the day after it went missing in northeastern Namibia, saying none of the 33 people aboard had survived. The crash in the remote, swampy terrain of Namibia's Bwabwata National Park killed victims from several countries, including a baby, and is one of the worst accidents on record in Mozambique's civil aviation history.
"My team on the ground have found the wreckage. No survivors. The plane is totally burned," Willie Bampton, a regional police coordinator in Namibia's Kavango region, told AFP. The Mozambican government confirmed the crash and said it would declare a period of national mourning for the victims -- six crew members and 27 passengers, of whom 10 were Mozambican, nine Angolan, five Portuguese, one Portuguese-Brazilian, one French and one Chinese. The plane, en route from Mozambique to Angola, went down in the deserted terrain of the Bwabwata park, where Namibia turns into a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Botswana and Angola. Mozambican authorities confirmed it was a Brazil-manufactured Embraer 190 aircraft and said it was the newest plane in the airline's fleet. Embraer issued a statement confirming the crash and extending "its support to investigating authorities".
Embraer and the airline have both sent teams to the scene. The investigation is being led by Namibia with help from civil aviation authorities from Mozambique, Angola, Brazil and the United States.
The airline, known in Portuguese as Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM), said the plane was purchased brand new in late 2012 and had completed 2,905 flight hours when it crashed. The airline's chief executive, Marlene Manave, told a press conference the pilots were "experienced". "We do not have any information on the circumstances of the accident and we cannot speculate on possible causes as the investigators must be given the time and space to do their work," Manave said, adding that the airline did not yet have any information on the plane's black box. She also said the victims included a Mozambican baby under two.
The company said it was providing counselling and legal advice to families in both Mozambique and Angola and had set up a hotline for those who needed information. The European Union banned LAM and all air carriers certified in Mozambique from flying in its airspace in 2011, citing "significant safety deficiencies". But the concern was about Mozambique's civil aviation authority, rather than the track record of the various airlines. The MT 470 flight took off from Maputo at 0926 GMT Friday for the nearly four-hour journey to the Angolan capital Luanda. With about 100 seats, it was two-thirds empty. Last contact with air traffic controllers was made at 1130 GMT over north Namibia during heavy rainfall.
The search for the plane was hampered both by the rough terrain and torrential rains pounding the area, the Namibian regional police coordinator told AFP. "There are no proper roads, you have to go through the bush slowly and it's making our job difficult," he said. Deadliest since 1986 presidential jet crash.The Bwabwata National Park, a 6,100-square-kilometre (2,355-square-mile) reserve, is a sparsely populated area covered by wetlands and dense forests. Villagers who had heard explosions helped point police in the right direction. Before the wreckage was found, relatives and friends of those on board gathered at Maputo airport, many frustrated at what they said was the lack of information. "They told us it was a forced landing. I know it's a crash," said Luis Paolo, a friend of a Portuguese businessmen on the flight.
Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva published a condolence message to victims' families. The accident is the deadliest for Mozambique since a plane carrying then-president Samora Machel crashed in 1986 in South Africa en route home from an African leaders' summit. That crash, which claimed at least 34 lives, remains a mystery, but speculation has lingered that it was linked to tensions with the then-apartheid regime in South Africa. Mozambique said it would set up a commission of enquiry to work with Namibian authorities on Friday's crash and expected to make its preliminary results public within 30 days.

Report By Shinovene Immanuel and Jinty Jackson (AFP)

Fastjet Annouces new Lusaka Route

On the day of its 1 year anniversary, lowcost carrier FastJet announced the launch date for their second international destination out of their base in Dar es Salaam. The new route will be Lusaka, Zambia and flights are due to commence on February 1, 2014, subject to all regulatory approvals. FastJet will use their Airbus A319 for their next destination and has proposed to fly initially twice a week, joining Zambia’s Pro-Flight on the route. Cost for the ticket was given as approximately US Dollars 75, one way, and in typical FastJet style subject to all regulatory fees and taxes.

"We are incredibly pleased that, in accordance with our planned growth strategy, the roll-out of our international route network is now gaining real momentum and we are fulfilling our promise to the people of Africa to democratise air travel across the continent.  We look forward to bringing the benefits of affordable, high-quality air travel to the people of Zambia" Ed Winter, Interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of fastjet, said.

Mr Winter is understandably chuffed about the latest development of the fast-growing airline. "We are immensely proud of our achievements over the past year. It is not only the hard work and dedication of our people that has made our first year a success, but also the overwhelming support of our passengers and the Tanzanian government, whom we would like to wholeheartedly thank," fastjet said.
Overcoming a number of challenges, fastjet has established itself as a reliable, affordable low-cost carrier. Over the past year, it has seen consistently strong passenger numbers and load factors, and maintained excellent punctuality and reliability records. The airline has carried over 355,000 passengers throughout its domestic network in Tanzania and internationally to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

British Airways Comair Christmas Family Specials

British Airways Comair Christmas family fare specials on the Harare - Johannesburg route. Special ends 28 February 2014.

Malawi Airlines Planned Routes as of January 2014

According to, new start-up carrier Malawi Airlines plans to begin operation as of 01 January 2014. The airline plans to operate flights to Harare, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Tete, Lusaka, Beira and Maputo, using Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 and Dash8-Q400 with “ET” flight numbers. Schedule is as follows and subject to change:

eff 01JAN14 Lilongwe – Blantyre – Harare 3 weekly:
  • ET038 LLW1730 – 1815BLZ1900 – 2015HRE 738 135
  • ET039 HRE2100 – 2215BLZ2300 – 2345LLW 738 135
eff 01JAN14 Lilongwe – Blantyre – Johannesburg 1 daily:
  • ET020 LLW0800 – 0845BLZ0930 – 1145JNB 738 D
  • ET021 JNB1245 – 1500BLZ2135 – 2220LLW 738 D
eff 01JAN14 Lilongwe – Blantyre – Tete 2 weekly:
  • ET036 LLW0800 – 0850BLZ0935 – 1005TET 738 7
  • ET052 LLW1500 – 1550BLZ1635 – 1705TET 738 3
  • ET037 TET1050 – 1120BLZ1205 – 1255LLW 738 7
  • ET053 TET1750 – 1820BLZ1905 – 1955LLW 738 3
eff 02JAN14 Lilongwe – Blantyre – Lusaka 4 weekly:
  • ET032 LLW1730 – 1815BLZ1900 – 2010LUN 738 x135
  • ET033 LUN2055 – 2205BLZ2250 – 2335LLW 738 x135
eff 02JAN14 Lilongwe – Dar es Salaam 3 weekly:
  • ET042 LLW0800 – 1100DAR DH4 246
  • ET043 DAR1145 – 1245LLW DH4 246
eff 03JAN14 Lilongwe – Blantyre – Maputo 3 weekly
  • ET028 LLW1400 – 1450BLZ1535 – 1750MPM DH4 157
Inbound schedule not available
 eff 03JAN14 Lilongwe – Lusaka 3 weekly:
  • ET046 LLW0900 – 1015LUN DH4 135
  • ET047 LUN1115 – 1230LLW DH4 135
eff 04JAN14 Lilongwe – Blantyre – Beira 3 weekly:
  • ET024 LLW1400 – 1450BLZ1535 – 1635BEW DH4 246
  • ET025 BEW1720 – 1820BLZ1905 – 1950LLW DH4 246

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Emirates Heads to Harare Shopping Malls

HARARE, ZIMBABWE, November 16, 2013: Emirates, which flies daily from Harare to Lusaka and Dubai, will be on the ground meeting shoppers in Harare this weekend and next to share the excitement of flying and visiting Dubai.
Visitors to Westgate Mall on November 16 and 17, and to Sam’s Levy on November 23 and 24, stand a chance of winning two Economy Class tickets to Dubai with the airline’s raffle draw. Entrants will be asked to answer three simple questions about the airline, and their answers will be entered into a prize draw for the tickets. The Emirates team will also be talking about what Dubai has to offer as a leading leisure and business destination that has something to offer everyone. They will also explain the benefits of the airline’s Skywards frequent flyer programme, which offers lounge, ticket and shopping benefits. Visitors to the stand will be able to sign up for Skywards on the spot, as well as book tickets for travel they are planning.
Joining Emirates Skywards is free and members receive benefits every time they fly.  There are four membership tiers – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  Benefits for Skywards members include travel and lifestyle rewards, priority check-in, lounge access, extra baggage allowance and bonus Miles, depending on the membership tier. Members earn Skywards Miles when they fly on Emirates and partner airlines and through a wide range of leisure and lifestyle partners. Skywards Miles can then be redeemed for a range of rewards such as flights on Emirates and other partner airlines including Qantas, easyJet, TAP, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, and for flight upgrades, hotel accommodation, excursions with Arabian Adventures, and car rentals.
Miles can be used for tickets to major sporting event and concerts. Members can also choose to donate their Miles to a range of charity partners including The Emirates Airline Foundation and Sightsavers.  Redemption opportunities are consistently being expanded. The airline flies to more than 130 destinations in 77 countries through its Dubai gateway.More than a third of the world’s population lives within a four-hour flight from Dubai, and two-thirds are within an eight-hour flight. Today, Emirates operates nearly 3,200 flights globally per week to 137 destinations in 77 countries. Since January 2012, it has launched new services to over 20 destinations, adding air transport connections that will benefit trade and tourism to Dubai and beyond.  Most recently it started services to Conakry on October 27, and Sialkot on November 5, with Kabul scheduled to begin service on December 4.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Bulawayo's Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport Opens

Bulawayo's Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport has finally been opened for public use after years of delay. The new terminal will have a handling capacity of 1.5 million passengers annually. The terminal has taken more than 10 years and $25 million to refurbish and will have a new international arrivals’ hall, a variety of shops, a car park and a separate State pavilion.
It will still be incomplete when it opens, but CAAZ said the facility will have all the requisite safety, security systems and ambient characteristics of a modern airport. "Although the terminal is undergoing its final stages of completion, it has become absolutely necessary to operationalise the facility to allow utilisation of the already installed systems,” said CAAZ.
Only two airlines, South Africa Airlink and Air Zimbabwe use the airport. SA Airlink, a South African Airways service, plies the Bulawayo-Johannesburg route daily but has a capacity of 83 passengers. Air Zimbabwe flies to Harare and the resort town on Victoria Falls.

Video: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300 Harare - Lusaka

Video: Emirates EK713 Dubai-Lusaka-Harare

Friday, 9 August 2013

Proflight Zambia Planning New Routes


Proflight Zambia has unveiled plans to add three further international destinations to its growing schedule by mid-2014, effectively making Lusaka a regional hub for air travel. Following the successful launch of its first international service, from Lusaka to Lilongwe, on June 4, Zambia’s only locally registered scheduled carrier is now planning to fly from Ndola to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with connections between Ndola and Lusaka.The airline is also considering services to Harare, Dar es Salaam, Tete and Johannesburg, subject to regulatory approval.
With the introduction of the Malawi route, Proflight Zambia currently operates ten scheduled routes
using nine aircraft, including a 105-seat Boeing 737 aircraft which was recently added to the Proflight fleet as the airline's first jet aircraft. “We believe that after years of prudent, steady growth, Proflight Zambia has now built a solid base and reached a critical mass from which it can expand into regional markets, heeding the requests of our customers,” said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Capt. Philip Lemba. “Lusaka is a natural choice as a hub, and Proflight is determined to be a standard bearer for Zambian aviation throughout the region.”
Proflight is keen to introduce flights to Johannesburg from Lusaka and is examining the option of flying into the smaller Lanseria airport, for which costs are lower than that of the city’s main OR Tambo (ORT) International airport. Proflight’s service to Johannesburg would allow connections via shuttle bus from Lanseria to ORT as well as shuttles to the Rivonia and Centurion Gautrains.  
The airline celebrates 22 years of operation this year, and has grown from operating a single aircraft to a fleet of nine serving nine domestic destinations and one international route. It prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service and is determined to continue its strategy of steady expansion.
Visit fly Zambia for more information

Sunday, 21 July 2013

SA Express Planned Durban-Harare Flight Increase

SA Express (SAX) plans to increase frequency on the Durban-Harare route starting August to four weekly flights. The additional flight will operate on Sundays departing Durban at 2pm arriving in Harare at 4.25pm. The return flight departs Harare at 5pm arriving in Durban at 7.25pm operated on-board CRJ200 a/c.

  • SA1613 DUR1400 – 1625HRE CR2 7
  • SA1614 HRE1700 – 1925DUR CR2 7

Friday, 28 June 2013

Air Zimbabwe's planned London Gatwick Schedule

Air Zimbabwe is planning to resume its Harare-London(Gatwick) route starting November 15, 2013. The airline plans to operate a twice weekly 767-200 service. The airline previously planned to resume the service on July 01, 2013.

Planned schedule as follow:

  • UM722 HRE0900 – 1830LGW 767 37
  • UM725 LGW1930 – 0630+1HRE 767 14

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Emirates Operational Changes to Harare/Lusaka

As of the 1st of September 2013, Emirates will be changing operational aircraft on the Dubai-Lusaka-Harare route, as per 27JUN13 GDS timetable/inventory display. The airline will operate Airbus A340-300 aircraft to Lusaka and Harare instead of 777-300ER. Schedule as follow.

Dubai – Lusaka – Harare EK713 DXB0925 – 1435LUN1605 – 1710HRE 343 D
EK714 HRE1840 – 1950LUN2125 – 0640+1DXB 343 D

Source: Airline Route

Air Zimbabwe A320, ERJ145 (PICS)

Special thanks to Solenta Aviation for providing pictures

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

First Pic of Air Zimbabwe's ERJ145

Thanks to the African Aviation Tribune, these are the first pictures of Air Zimbabwe's Embraer ERJ145 (MSN 145607 / ZS-BBH) which currently operates on domestic routes (Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls). The Embraer jet is currently on wet-lease through Solenta Aviation in South Africa.
Air Zimbabwe is currently offering special fares on its domestic and regional routes in-order to gain lost market share.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Precision Air still planning Harare Route

According to a recent statement, Precision Air has announced it is in the process of reviewing its operational 5-year plan as part of its expansion and business review. The announcement comes three (3) months after Precision Air announced the appointment of the first female MD and CEO in Africa, Ms. Sauda Rajab.

Ms. Sauda revealed the Airline was undergoing the said review setting course for operational and fleet expansion measures and re-assessment of the airline's current position which will have deep impact on Precision Air's business landscape and finances.

“The next 5 years will be exciting ones for the Airline and the plan will involve massive growth in Precision Air’s operations and will therefore require major injection of funds. Various investment options are being reviewed and once the plan has been finalized and approved by the Board it will be shared with various stakeholders and the public at large” said Ms. Sauda. The report also mentions the much awaited route to Harare will soon be launched with expected continual fleet review and increase.

Air Zimbabwe Special Fares

Air Zimbabwe is currently offering special fares on several routes. The Harare-Bulawayo flight has gone down from $300 to $105. A one-way ticket for the same route is $61. The Harare-Victoria Falls flight is down from US$421 to US$180 while return Harare-Johannesburg is now US$275 from US$420. One way flights for the same routes are $140 and $150 respectively. These fares are valid until 31 July. The national airline has been struggling with negative perception due to mismanagement in the past few years.

Air Zimbabwe takeoff at Nagoya, Japan

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Emirates Three-Day Business Class Sale

Travellers from Zimbabwe are being offered a taste of the highlife with the latest discounts from Emirates in a three-day sale of Business Class tickets this week. Attractive discounts are being offered on the airline’s Business Class fares to selected destinations starting from June 4 until June 6, with ticket prices starting from US$2,550 for return travel from Harare to Dubai. Travel is for the period July 12 and August 4 and passengers from Zimbabwe will be able to travel Business Class to London from US$3,140 return or Geneva from US$3,485. A return trip to Paris will cost US$3,985 and Tunis is US$4,070. The fare to New York is US$5,860.
When it comes to Business Class, Emirates goes to great lengths to ensure comfort, efficiency and attention to detail for our passengers. On the ground, Business Class customers and Gold card members of Skywards, Emirates’ award-winning frequent flyer programme, can relax before their flights in one of Emirates’ 35 global Business Class lounges, including the world’s largest Business Class lounge located in Concourse A in Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport. Opened in January this year and spanning over 16,000 square metres, the lounge features: showcase kitchens, business centres, fully stocked bars and restaurants, a Timeless Spa with 29 treatment rooms and an entertainment zone.

Onboard, Emirates’ award-winning Business Class offers passengers state-of-the art seats with fully connected inflight communications and entertainment. A highlight is its renowned ice inflight entertainment system which offers passengers up to 1,400 channels of the latest multi-lingual entertainment and has been voted the world’s best at the World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years. Emirates’ in-flight dining options frequently exceed passengers’ expectations, offering a choice of regionally inspired menus created by award-winning chefs accompanied by some of the world’s finest beverages.
In addition, Emirates’ Business Class passengers can enjoy:
·       Complimentary chauffeur-drive service to and from selected airports;
·       Dedicated Business Class check-in desks;
·       Priority baggage handling;
·       Fast track immigration on arrival and departure from Dubai.
To book your next trip and experience Emirates’ Business Class for yourself, please visit the Emirates sales office at Wakefield Road, Avondale, Harare, book online at or speak to your travel agent.