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Air Zimbabwe to get 15 new planes

Government is set to acquire 15 aeroplanes as part of efforts to resuscitate the ailing Air Zimbabwe, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Jorum Gumbo has said.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo discusses Air ZImbabwe operations with the airline’s Acting CEO Mr Edmund Makona during a familiarisation tour in Harare yesterday. Looking on is Airzim Technical Operations Acting Director Mr Joseph Marowa. — (Picture by John Manzongo)
Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo discusses Air ZImbabwe operations with the airline’s Acting CEO Mr Edmund Makona during a familiarisation tour in Harare. Looking on is Airzim Technical Operations Acting Director Mr Joseph Marowa. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

In an interview recently, Dr Gumbo said plans were at an advanced stage for the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe to acquire the planes under a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with investors in the Diaspora.

“The Civil Aviation Authority is on the verge of acquiring 15 new air planes from Malaysia under a lease agreement,” he said. “The deal was penned between Government and a private company, DIDG, a consortium of business partners from the Diaspora.”

Dr Gumbo said Air Zimbabwe was reeling under a huge debt burden, which limited it from applying for credit from the market.

Government has managed to rope in partners from the diaspora who are interested in the local airline, he said.

“Under this agreement, which I initially planned to sign with Malaysia Airline, the DIDG (Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group) company will facilitate the acquisition of these planes under a lease agreement, and this will be renewable after five years,” said Dr Gumbo.

“Firstly, I had suggested that we enter into an agreement with the Malaysian airline, but the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe’s books were in the red, we could not meet loan requirements.”

Dr Gumbo said Government had settled for DIDG – the same company that is involved in the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) deal – which offered to assist in acquiring the planes from Malaysia.

“The national airline is reeling under a $330 million debt,” he said. “Its balance sheet is in bad state at the moment, hence, these other interventions.”

Dr Gumbo said his ministry’s mandate was to oversee the rehabilitation of three major sectors – aviation, roads and rail transport.

“As the Minister who has been given chance to continue with the work, I have started my mandate, and I have started with the implementation of Beitbridge-Harare dualisation project,” he said.

“The Harare ring road and Harare-Chirundu Highway dualisation will also go ahead after we signed an agreement with a Chinese company. I have also implemented the $400 million recapitalisation project for the National Railways of Zimbabwe, and lastly, the Civil Aviation recapitalisation deal.”

Dr Gumbo retained his post as the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development after the appointment of a new Cabinet by President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently. Mnangagwa took over the reins after former President Robert Mugabe was forced out by a military coup. The Chronicle

  • Very impressive move

  • sure

  • Let’s hope their air bus or Boeing not some Chinese shit

    • Are you aware that most of the components for Airbus and Boeing are manufactured in China? Besides, China’s first airplane was just tested recently and they haven’t gone commercial yet.

    • But under the supervision and quality control of Boeing or Airbus. They do that because of cheap labour in China.

    • Everything is made in China

    • Guys

      Can you tell me of one decent piece of Chinese infrastructure in Africa.

      We are getting robbed blind by these guys.

      I think let’s stick to the real stuff.

  • chimbomirai izvozo iini handisati ndawana mari yekukwira ndege yacho

  • totenda dzamwa dzaswera nebenzi ,cherimuka paridza wabaya.

  • Varume ma targets amurikuzvipa aya munozvigona here? Let’s be realistic apa.

    • Through partnership
      You may have the idea and not have money you partner with a bank and share the spoils
      Hapana chekumirira

  • Wy nt start with less then add more later

  • 15?… But is that economic wise? Another white elephant coming.

    • 5 would have been wiser .. its jes an opinion

    • True, Air Zimbabwe has been very uncompetitive all along flying with one or two passengers all the way from prime destinations.

    • 5 would be a good start indeed Danisa Mafuta.

  • Zvirikuitwa zvakarurama here hapana arikuwana zvikamu zvekuseri here?

  • ,,,hopefully it won’t be those buy one get one free Chinese planes,,

  • We want air bus A 380s not 2nd funny models

    • You are ambitious aren’t you… thats over 400 million usd each plane on average…. surely we can do better things with that much money… the timing is wrong

    • State of the art quality bringing back the Zimbabwean pride
      After all Zimbabwe is not poor it was just being lead by thieves and selfish people don’t underestimate what God installed in Zimbabwe why do you think Britain is so concerned about Zimbabwe
      Mugabe blind folded us and made us think Zimbabwe is a country of peasants

    • Very ambitious. But ontop of a 400mill price tag, servicing and maintaining is another difficult exercise. Singapore Airlines have already offloaded one A380 from their fleet

  • zvatanga

  • Flying when pipo are being buried ,no food no drugs ,schools very expensive etc etc

    • He is focusing on Transport as Transport minister. Ministries responsible for those areas u mentioned will say their plans

    • Not good time when Zimbabwe is just resurrected from the dead

    • planes do not just fly people. they carry goods as well. perishable exports are flown to their destinations.

    • Kondozi was grabbed, cashell valley gone,cold storage 30% functional, Daily body almost down so what are we saying?. Economy must be revived first and all this are secondary bcz very few benefit .

  • hapana mari cde minister

  • Ko madiiko kuvhura macompany nemari yese iyo vanhu vawana mabasa,ndege todzidiiko tisina mari yacho

  • How do the majority benefit vamwe nemudhege macho havamuzivi

    • Then make an effort and travel

    • U dnt get my point so stay away

    • aviation is n industry that is used to ferry people as well as goods. so for now let us say they want to generate income for the gvt by carrying goods to international destinations.

  • Vadini kutiudza vatenga kwete kuvukura so

  • totenda dzasvika

  • Tangai magadzirisa road Minister. Infrastructural development first please tapota.

    • varikuda kutanga kundege ko handiti vakaita mari kare,they want to fly in the better plains

  • They must fire the top management and employ new managers. Or give us opportunities to apply for the license so we can startup private airline companies. No to monopoly.

  • i think its through partnership coz the gvt doesnt hv moneu

  • Kubvep

  • MaDriver adzo tiripo kkkkkk

  • Its not about acquisition of planes it’s more about management you idiots… appoint qualified people with an acute of business….

    • Aviation is very complicated than what you imagine bro, thats why americans and British privatised it long time ago

    • Takesure Wadi I have full understanding of the industry. I do not know where you think I am missing the point. It is complicated but we have very successful state owned airlines, the gulf 3 and Ethiopian Airlines being a few classical examples.

  • Would have been easier to completely privatise air zimbabwe. But I see its a cash cow for dirty politicians so it will be retained.

  • VARI BIZZY KUTENGA DENGE PANE KUTI MUTIHADZIRIRE MIGWAGWA YANYANGARA.

  • Is Simba Chikore still the Airline boss?

  • Mari iri kukuvavayi dzikamai muise mari kumabanks

  • Kwakwasara AIR RG MUGABE iri one

  • Kuronga chte hpana chinobuda

  • Hooooray!

  • New planes plus new system. New planes with the old system, it will be new wine in old bottles.

  • Ndege dzamokwira mega idzo

  • pliz don’t forget to change the name of the airport aswell. that will help.

    • Herbet chipepo international airport

  • did you ever see Chinese airline? you are talking of Chinese airplanes as being shit but you have never seen them flying anyway.Dont always think that Chinese make bad things..

  • Gushungo

    We have heard this before. Journalists please probe these so called deals. We want more info on these projects, timelines etc… Zimbabweans this time around we must be more aggressive around such issues. We want real results not ma air pies

    • Zimbabwe

      That’s true but by the time the press has done its investigation it will be too late especially how the tenders are awarded and how the process is managed

  • Talk about cash crisis first.

  • Chikiti

    We want our London – Harare direct flight back

    • Zimbabwe

      It doesn’t benefit zim as much as you think but for people in England yes straight flight home

      • Chikiti

        Who was the previous direct flight benefiting ?

        • Zimbabwe

          It was the people in diaspora mainly.

  • what abt unemployment

  • Ndege gumi neshanu munyika isina zvikoro,zvipatara maroads kwawo.How many Zims vanoshandisa ndege pagore.So planes are for whose benefit?

  • where will zim gvt get all that money to buy aeroplanes from??

  • Na Garwe tinosvika chete,I salute you cde

  • New planes from Malaysia 😨😨😨Am I missing something here?

  • You people busy bringing in planes and all but forgetting that your banking system is crippled with no cash and people are busy buying their own money

    • Vazivi vekumabvazuva vauya…..tongokupai momboita vakuru

    • You took words right out of mouth bruh

    • Kana usingafambe nendege u wont understand the good part of it kkkkkkkkkk

    • Kana usingafambe nendege u wont understand the good part of it kkkkkkkkkk

    • Planes are income generating projects…which will help the gvt reduce the tax burden and improve other sectors of economy. We shldnt just complain for the sake of it. Over reliance on taxes for income has killed our gvt as it can not fund other things….

    • They bring income but wat abt the current problems we ate facing

    • Should we tuckle longtem problems or short term first mr Tinashe Bondera

    • Munombotangao mafunga B4 u comment veduwe

    • Even all investors they need to see good airport and roads before making any decision. You can’t do business pasina road unofambisa sei your commodity. I think he is in good direction let us support him.

  • You are on the right path, puuush!

  • The airline has to be efficiently managed inorder to make a profit. Even SAA is struggling and relying on government funding. The government must focus on the productive sector. There are a number of manufacturing companies that need financial support to restart. People need jobs

    • Even Americans and British governments dont own airlines, aviation is a very complicated and risky business

  • Airbus or boeing kwete tunhunzi twenyu twekuchina

  • Wow

  • But isn’t the issue about changing those corrupt and incompetent managers at that company first?

  • Why these people are only talking about airport and planes.Zvikuda kutengwa neku gadziriswa.When are they going to talk about roads and opening of companies.

  • Go for brandnew ones Minister. They will not be expensive as old ones. Simple.

  • Get 5 Airbus plans not 15 that are been decommissioned by other countries,new page new things we need to compete not follow.

  • CAAZ or Air Zim?

  • Gymbunny

    Ma

  • We need money in the banks and first then industries then we fly in the air

  • How many people will get jobs there to reduce unemployment? It’s because they are seating pretty whilst educated people are rooming the streets looking for jobs. The priorities are upside down.

  • Iyo haisi face inotenga ndege iyo ndiyani uyo

  • Dai hurumende iyi yaedza kugadzira list remapriority kwaro. Kufunga zvekutenga ndege munhu usina sipo chaiyo yekugezesa kana shangu mugumbo kuri kuitika uku. The economy should be priority number 1 for christ’s sake. This Mugabe hangover should STOP. Do you need Grace to tell you to Stop it! Look at the state of our hospitals, the paralysis in our industries, the comatose banking sector. Do you away with mushowe’s ministry and channel the money to local universities and reduce the number of universities… whats happening is a result of recycling spent forces.. vaMunangagwa please do a better job. Try and restore the vibrancy the agricultural sector had around 1980. Perence Shiri needs to humble himself and ask Dennis Norman for advice

    • Hama road ndiyo inouya nezvese zvaunoda. Nhumbi, mishonga, vemabhizimisi kana zvamunoda kutengesa zvinoenda neikoko. Ivo vakavakweretesa mari maChina varikuita inonzi one road one country initiative, ndeyekubatanidza nyika dzese pakutengeserana. Unokwanisa kutengesa kana kutenga paine good road, good airport and good port for zvikepe, kunyangwe zvedu tisina gungwa pedyo.

  • Kkk a lie where are we going to get such money
    They must have say Air Zim to buy 4 planes not such a big number

  • Please we don’t need 15 plans,just start with one or two which this economy will afford.Minister let’… https://t.co/mLlRrrzWAq

  • Zimbabwe

    We don’t need airzim right now it benefits the rich it doesn’t create for the ordinary person. We need agricultural manufacturing and mining projects that get people working and tax receipts will go up and exports. This will lead to growth in the economy

  • 15???

  • Ndege 15 dzeinadzo apa mukutadza kubhadhara $330 mita chikwembi chiripo .. ko tadii tagadzirisa credit rating yacho first kana tri serious … coz pa 15 ndege dzataurwa idzo Air zim haina mari yekudzitenga .. coz one boeing 787 dreamliner inotangira kuma $120 million iri one times 15 vanogona maths ..ska toti vazotadza kutenga vachaita lease hantie … lease ye ndege hombe dziri bho ma $800 thaza to 1.2 million per month .. ko vadii kutanga havo ne kana 2 pane kuda kutinyenga mukanwa

  • Ndege 15 dzeinadzo apa mukutadza kubhadhara $330 mita chikwembi chiripo .. ko tadii tagadzirisa credit rating yacho first kana tri serious … coz pa 15 ndege dzataurwa idzo Air zim haina mari yekudzitenga .. coz one boeing 787 dreamliner inotangira kuma $120 million iri one times 15 vanogona maths ..ska toti vazotadza kutenga vachaita lease hantie … lease ye ndege hombe dziri bho ma $800 thaza to 1.2 million per month .. ko vadii kutanga havo ne kana 2 pane kuda kutinyenga mukanwa

  • Ndege dzamunokwira imi matotanga,gadzirai maRoads,zvipatara ngazviite mishonga

  • Sokuzatshipha

  • What happened to zimbabwe airways ?

  • Misplaced priorities

  • Procuring new aircrafts doesn’t mean anything if they are poorly managed. Air Zimbabwe was crippled to it’s knees due to mismanagement, and SAA has sucked bigger percentage of taxpayers’ money. There are more important issues to deal with rather than trying to resuscitate a dead parastatal.

  • Handei Ngwena imbwa dzichingihukura isu tichienda

  • Believe half of what you see and non of what you hear.Air Zimbabwe has been a limping dog over the ye… https://t.co/NlOnyQuOrP

  • Where’s the money coming from?

  • Where’s the money coming from?

  • Government irikuzvitadza zvenyika dai vamboti hurumende imboitawo

  • Tengesai chiairline Ichi.

  • Kkkkkkkkk

  • Smoke and mirrors approach. Wat happened to Zimbabwe Airways ?

  • Observer79

    The DIDG is most certainly connected big time to government and political elites. Or at least, connected well enough to guarantee its exposure in the airline. I fail to see the importance of the national airline, nor the need for 15 new planes. For a Zimbabwe based airline, these should be more than enough for domestic (3 planes), regional (5/6 planes) routes and a direct flight to the UK and maybe China (1/2 planes). A DIDG should focus on rail and road, as these are Zimbabwe’s strengths/opportunities within regional logistics.