Saturday, 25 May 2013

Air Zimbabwe A320 (Pics)

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Air Zimbabwe receives first Airbus A320

Air Zimbabwe has taken delivery of the first of two Airbus A320's, which is expected to operate on  regional routes ahead of the country hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in August 2013. The plane, which was under going routine maintenance and safety checks yesterday at the Harare International Airport, had already had the airline’s livery. According to the airline, the A320 will start operating on the Harare-Johannesburg route soon.

Air Zimbabwe has so far 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.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Emirates Offers Special Fares in 3-Day Sale

HARARE ZIMBABWE, May 13, 2013 – Emirates has announced a flash sale which will offer Zimbabwe travelers up to 10% discount on fares to selected destinations.
Valid for tickets booked and purchased through Emirates website, the promotion is available for booking between 13 and 15 May 2013, with travel to be taken between 13th May and 30th November 2013– blackout periods apply.
The special offer is valid for round-trip travel and applies to Economy Class fares from Harare to Dubai, Lusaka, London Heathrow, and New York.
“This is a great three day offer which presents travelers the opportunity to experience and fly Emirates to these fantastic destinations like Dubai which is quite popular destination with Zimbabwean business and leisure travelers. Whether customers are travelling on business or for leisure, this offer will enable them to experience Emirates’ world-class service for even a better value.” said Paulos Legesse, Emirates Country Manager for Zimbabwe.
Customers will be able to experience the airline’s award-winning ice in-flight entertainment system with a choice of over 1,400 channels on-demand as well as meals prepared by gourmet chefs.  Emirates is also known for its award-winning service from its international cabin crew recruited from over 130 nationalities, speaking over 55 languages. 
Emirates operates daily flights between Dubai, Lusaka and Harare, and onward to more than 130 destinations.
EK 713 departs Dubai every day at 0925hrs, arriving in Lusaka at 1425hrs. The service departs Lusaka at 1610hrs, arriving in Harare at 1710hrs. The return flight EK 714 leaves Harare at 1850hrs, arriving Lusaka at 1950hrs. It departs Lusaka at 2125hrs and lands in Dubai at 0640hrs the next day.
For more information on the offers, conditions and bookings customers can log onto

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Emirates Announce New Zimbabwe Country Manager

Emirates has announced the appointment of Paulos Legesse as Country Manager for Zimbabwe, to support the airline’s operations in the market.

Mr Legesse, an Ethiopian national, will be responsible for overseeing the running of Emirates’ business operations in Zimbabwe, as well as managing sales and service functions for the airline's passenger, cargo and airport operations.

Paulos Legesse started his career with Emirates in 2009 as Country Manager for Nigeria and was posted as Country Manager Zimbabwe effective from April 15, 2013.

Highly accomplished and results-oriented, the new Country Manager brings a depth of knowledge and experience in the airline business spanning more than 20 years.

Mr Legesse said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the

Emirates team in Zimbabwe, one of Emirates key markets in Africa.”
“Emirates is the airline of choice for travellers from Zimbabwe and elsewhere. The airline enjoys a well-established reputation for its superior customer service, both in the air and on the ground. I shall strive to take the airline even further and ensure that we spare no efforts in providing Emirates passengers with unsurpassed levels of service,” he added.

Mr Legesse holds a Master of Business Administration in Aviation Management (Distinction) from Coventry University in the United Kingdom, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Addis Ababa University, and Diploma in Accounting from College of Commerce in Ethiopia.

Mr Legesse will be based in Harare, where Emirates flies daily with a linked flight from Dubai via Lusaka.

In February this year the airline introduced a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route, offering 354 seats in a three-class configuration, offering eight luxurious First Class suites, 42 seats in Business Class and generous space for 304 passengers in Economy Class.

Throughout the aircraft, passengers are able to experience the airline’s award-winning ice in-flight entertainment system with a choice of over 1,400 channels on-demand as well as meals prepared by gourmet chefs.  Emirates is also known for its award-winning service from its international cabin crew recruited from over 100 countries around the world, including Zimbabwean nationals.
About Emirates
Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has received more than 500 international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 132 destinations in 77 countries across six continents. Operating 200 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including an industry leading 31 A380s, Emirates has orders for an additional 198 aircraft, worth more than US$71 billion. For more information please visit

Monday, 6 May 2013

Etihad and SAA announce Codeshare Agreement

Etihad and SAA this morning signed a Memorandum of Understanding which involves codeshare agreements between the two airlines. SAA will codeshare on 12 of Etihad Airways flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond while Etihad will place their code on 10 cities in parts of Southern Africa. Etihad will place the EY code on the following cities served by South African Airways out of Johannesburg; Cape Town, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Livingstone, Lusaka, Ndola, Harare and Victoria Falls. The agreement will also allow passengers to earn and redeem miles through the frequent flyer programmes.

Source: Emirates 24/7

Friday, 3 May 2013

TAAG Angola to Increase Harare flights

According to reports by Agencia AngolaPress, Angolan Airline (TAAG) will increase its current Harare frequency to 4 weekly. A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed this week between the Civil Aviation Authorities of both Zimbabwe and Angola. The new bilateral agreement allows TAAG to increase flight frequencies on the Luanda-Harare-Lusaka route to 4 per week with the possibility of fifth freedom rights. Currently no official schedule is available yet for the increase.

Source: Agencia AngolaPress