Zimbabwe Government received, first of the four Boeing 777s purchased from Malaysia Airlines as part of an envisaged fleet of 10 aeroplanes of a renamed airline to be called Zimbabwe Airways.
The government of Zimbabwe will retain the ownership of the aircraft and lease them to a state-owned Airline to be named as Zimbabwe Airways.
The first Boeing 777, touched down at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Wednesday 11 April, morning.
Government has already paid $41 million out of the $70 million that is needed for the four Boeing 777 planes. It is believed that to date, local authorities have managed to arrange funding for two Boeing 777 planes and one Embraer.
State owned Air Zimbabwe seized operation in July 2012 following years of recording losses and resumed operation again in November 2012 with only a single aircraft and serving three domestic destinations.
As of 2017, Air Zimbabwe reported debts of about $330 million and was banned from operating in the European Union in May last year on safety grounds.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive officer Mr Karikoga Kaseke said “These Boeing 777 planes should go to their traditional routes like the Harare-London route,”… “Before Air Zimbabwe became a bottomless pit, we used to win awards every year as the best airline in Africa.