The highly anticipated re-launch of Zambia Airways has beed deferred for the second time., and is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2019.
According to sources closed to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the delay is due to disagreement over the type of aircraft to be purchased for the airline.
The Zambian government, which owns 55 percent stake prefers mid-size aircraft such as Embraer E2-family or Airbus A220s, but the Ethiopian Airlines which will hold 45 percent stake appears to be inclined to Boeing 737 Max 7 or even Boeing 787 Dreamliners to the fleet.
The Board is waiting until they meed next with Ethiopian partners to finalise the decision.
Zambia Airways was established in 1964 and operated flights to London, Frankfurt, Rome and Amsterdam, as well as regional destinations. Airline went into liquidation in March 1995, due to heavy debts and losses it was reporting year after year.
In a recent quest to re-launch the airline, Ethiopian Airlines in conjunction with the Zambian Government, has reached an agreement to re-establish the State airline on the Zambian Day of Independence, October 24, 2018. But in August 2018, all parties involved deferred the launch date of the airline to 1 January, 2019, then pushed to April 2019.