Jun 19, 2018 Last Updated 7:55 AM, Jun 12, 2018

Zimbabwe to revive its national airline by purchasing 15 planes from Malaysia

plane waiting at airportABNABN - The new government of Zimbabwe will reportedly purchase 15 aircrafts from Malaysia in an attempt to resuscitate its ailing national airline, Air Zimbabwe.

According to a quote from Transport and Infrastructure Minister Joram Gumbo, the fleet of planes will be acquired under a public-private partnership.

"The Civil Aviation Authority is on the verge of acquiring 15 new air planes from Malaysia under a lease agreement,” said Gumbo.

“The deal was penned between government and a private company DIDG [Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group], a consortium of business partners from the diaspora."

The minister added that the agreement is set to be renewed every five years.

Air Zimbabwe has endured a difficult year, typified by a reported debt accumulation of US$330 million. This was compounded by reports in May this year that the carrier was barred from travelling to Europe because of safety concerns.


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