Air Zimbabwe – euthanasia required

19 01 2012

The photo on Shelton’s cell phone was unmistakable – an Airbus A320. It was, I was told, parked in an Air Zimbabwe hanger for painting in the national carrier’s colours. Now anyone familiar with the Air Zim saga will appreciate just how daft this is.

At the end of last year Air Zim had a plane impounded at London Gatwick for non-payment of outstanding servicing and spares and was therefore not available for Robert Mugabe to use to go to Kim Jong Il’s funeral (word has it that he was not pleased). The same had happened in Jo’burg a bit earlier with another aircraft. The planes were eventually released and now Air Zim doesn’t fly to either of those destinations –  presumably they still owe money. It is a bit restrictive just flying in the sub-region and cannot be remotely profitable. Shelton is junior aircrew and has not been paid for 8 months. One can only imagine what the other staff are owed and here we are with two purchased Airbuses. Oh, and they are not remotely new either so are not going to be cheap to run. Really, how IS this going to make any difference to Air Zim’s misery? It is time to do the right thing and put the whole sorry mess to sleep.

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7 responses

21 01 2012
Tuppit

Perhaps if those Vicounts are still about they could get them out of mothballs, rumour has it that Vickers sent people out to see how they were being kept in the air. Perhaps they are still in the air?

21 01 2012
gonexc

It was only a rumour!

23 01 2012
Big Blister

Please use a different airline when you fly!

25 01 2012
La Canadienne

I agree, Air Zim is…lots of things that don’t sound too nice or safe.

13 02 2012
Scott Caldwell-Barr

Was only a rumour folks there is no truth to the Airbus story or acquisition of any aircraft for that matter and talks of Wet leasing has dried up. Oh and about the Vickers Viscount well they are I believe not in mothballs but were broken up in 2000.

22 06 2012
Thompson Dube Matambo

i wonder if Shelton’s job still safe after this article that i think should have quoted ”anonymous”

22 06 2012
gonexc

It’s not that serious as he has no intention of going back even if Air Zim does get airborne again. I also sort of doubt that anyone official goes trolling the internet for less than appreciative articles on the national airline. Except maybe for you!

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