Radio VOP is aware that Air Zimbabwe management approached a few pilots last week before Mugabe was scheduled to leave for New York on Friday.
Air Zimbabwe board chairperson, Jonathan Kadzura confirmed on Monday that management at the airline made last minute attempts to convince the pilots to fly Mugabe to New York.
“The pilots are still on strike,” Kadzura said. “We made plans and managed to secure a cabin crew for the President to attend UN meeting in New York.”
Air Zimbabwe pilots went on strike on September 8 for unpaid allowances since February.
Kadzura reportedly said the management of Air Zimbabwe fired all the striking pilots but sources at the airline said negotiations were still going on.
On Sunday the state owned The Sunday Mail reported that the national carrier was on the verge of acquiring two Airbus A340 aero planes at a cost of about US 400 million dollars.
Radio VOP understands the deal has been on the cards for the last six years because of lack of money to purchase the aeroplanes.