Air Zimbabwe is shutting down for several days because they have no aircraft suitable to operate.
- On December 30 their Boeing 737-200 went out of service. It reportedly needs 45 days of maintenance, though there’s speculation that the 33 year old aircraft won’t return to the fleet. The 737 had been flying to Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, and Dar es Salaam.
- Their only other aircraft, a Boeing 767-200, needs maintenance that’s expected to take several days (a “component upgrade”).
The airline is owned by Zimbabwe’s government yet undergoing a bankruptcy restructuring “to clear its debt thought to be more than $334 million.” They aren’t paying on any debt accrued prior to October 4, 2018.
Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767, by Dmitriy Pichugin via Wikimedia Commons
Twelve years ago Air Zimbabwe was forced to cancel its only profitable route, Harare – London, over fears that its aircraft would be seized due to unpaid debts.
Their Johannesburg flying broke down after the country’s first lady found a topless model in a tryst with her sons in South Africa.