Impeccable sources from Air Zimbabwe have revealed that a special team of senior engineers have just returned from a trip in Paris, France where they had gone to inspect the plane.
The sources said the plane with two engines, would be good to service the regional and domestic routes only.
“The delivery of the two other airbuses with a bigger passenger capacity is expected to be within the first two weeks of October,” said one source that declined to be named.
Air Zimbabwe acting chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga could neither confirm nor deny the latest development arguing that the information can only come from the shareholders which is mainly the Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development.
“That is a shareholder issue and I can’t comment on that. I do not have any comments to make on that issue but please get your confirmation from the ministry of transport,” said Mavhunga.
Efforts to get a comment from Transport Minister Nicholas Goche proved fruitless as his mobile number was not immediately available.
However President Robert Mugabe described the situation at the embattled national airline as a “big let-down to the nation” during his official opening of the 4th session of the 7th Parliament on Tuesday. Mugabe said that the government was working on short-term measures to bail out the airline.
“The grounding of some Air Zimbabwe planes is a big let-down to the nation, indeed, a sad development. Government is currently working on short-term measures to guarantee the immediate resumption of flights by the airline. As a medium to long-term solution, however, government is in the process of courting strategic partners for the airline,” he said.