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Air Zimbabwe Holdings

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Zimbabwean hospitality in the skies

Our Shared Vision

Creating Africa's Most Safe, Innovative and Competitive Air Transport Company

Our Core Values

  • Integrity - We do what we say
  • Speed - We live speed with a sense of directional correctness
  • Change - Change never stops; it is part of our DNA
  • Commitment - We are committed to World Class Service'
  • Creativity - We are created in the image of God as with Him all things are possible
  • Respect - Putting people first, our personal interests come last
  • TEAMS - We are Totally Engaged & Actually Moving with Speed

Group Structure

Air Zimbabwe Holdings is a group of companies consisting of five Strategic Business Units – Air Zimbabwe Passenger Company, Air Zimbabwe Cargo, Air Zimbabwe Technical, National Handling Services and Galileo Zimbabwe.


Air Zimbabwe Passenger is the Holdings company flagship. As a passenger and cargo carrier, the airline currently services the domestic destinations of Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Lubumbashi and the international destinations of – London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Air Zimbabwe has either sales offices or General Sales Agents (GSAs) in all these destinations, as well as several other cities worldwide.

Air Zimbabwe Technical (AZT) AZT has a comprehensive technical and engineering base which holds approvals from civil aviation authorities of several countries in the region and beyond – enabling the SBU to perform third party work for both domestic and external markets.

Air Zimbabwe Cargo Transports cargo to various local, regional and international destinations

Historical Background

Air Zimbabwe can trace its history back directly to the formation, on 1 June 1946, of Central African Airways (CAA), which came into being as the joint airline of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), and Nyasaland (now Malawi), with 50%, 35%, and 15% respectively of its share capital being held by the governments of the three countries. The bad relations between the governments of Rhodesia and its two partners caused the tripartite airline to become increasingly unworkable after November 1965, and, in 1967 a ‘divorce' was agreed which resulted on September 1st,1967, in the birth of. Air Rhodesia Corporation. While independent Zambia would have completely nothing more to do with Rhodesia, Malawi and Rhodesia continued with ‘cool' relations which allowed flights between Salisbury and Blantyre to continue. Between 1969-1970 Air Rhodesia introduced services to Kariba and upgraded the Dakota services to Wankie to Viscount services. In 1979 the double-barreled Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia, was born after the internal (Smith-Muzorewa) settlement. The short-lived settlement gave way to Zimbabwe in 1980 at which point which point the airline changed its name to Air Zimbabwe in February 1980.

The post-independence airline continued to use the Viscounts for domestic and some regional operations, while four B707s were acquired from Lufthansa to operate long-haul and other regional routes. In 1984-85 three new B737 were added to the fleet while 989 and 1990 brought the two new B767-200ER aircraft. The Viscounts were phased out as the B737s, complemented by a BAe 146 "given" to the airline by the Airforce, took over domestic and regional routes. An unsuccessful attempt in the mid-1990s to use the Fokker 50 turbo aircraft on domestic routes led to a near collapse of such resorts as Kariba, Hwange and Buffalo Range, as services stopped.

The airline's operational fleet complement is now two B767s, three B737s and three MA60, which last came from China.

Air Zimbabwe's national colours were introduced in September 1982 by the late Minister of Transport, Farai Masango at the same time that it was also agreed that the two cabin announcements be made in Shona, Ndebele as well as English.

The Airline became a wholly government-owned private company (registered as Air Zimbabwe Pvt Limited) on 20th November 1997, from being Air Zimbabwe Corporation.

Air Zimbabwe's proud history hinges on its enviable safety record, the exceptional skills of its pilots, and, particularly in the past, on its fairly strong in-flight customer service. The airline has a comprehensive technical and engineering base which holds approvals from civil aviation authorities of several countries in the region and beyond—which means they can do third party work for both the domestic and external markets. The engineers have been commended by the world's leading aircraft manufacturer Boeing, for their sterling work in aircraft modifications and mandatory checks/services including being the first airline to successfully carry out a Strut Improvement programme on the B707s.

Air Zimbabwe also runs Technical and Commercial Training schools at its headquarters which offer courses in ticketing, cargo handling, aircraft engineering and pilot training. The schools have also trained personnel for domestic and regional operators. Substantial revenue is raised each year through such training non-Air Zimbabwe staff.

Air Zimbabwe is always on the lookout for opportunities to expand its markets. This involves entering into alliances/partnerships with other airlines. Currently, the airline has a code-share agreement on a seat purchase arrangement with Air Botswana, Air Malawi and pro-rate agreements with many international partners.