A year or two ago one would have been convinced that Zimbabwe was finished as a country.
The economic status of the African state was listed as one of the world’s worst. Corruption, mismanagement and lack of funding have run the country down into poverty.
All the more surprising to see that Zimbabwe now (again) has its own air cargo carrier.
The new airline called Global Africa Aviation and based in the capital of Harare will start services by operating two MD-11 freighters.
These two aircraft are already on the Zimbabwean register under their codes Z-GAB and Z-GAC and are on lease from AV Cargo Airlines who are based at London Gatwick airport.
Who does this all belong to?
In essence it looks like some sort of re-incarnation of the defunct Avient Aviation, which was also before its demise, based at Zimbabwe’s Harare airport.
It has not been revealed as to whether the present two aircraft fleet is on long or short term lease from the UK’s AV Cargo Airlines.
There are apparently plans to operate the two MD-11s on inter-African routes as feeder services to and from Harare as well as plans for Africa to Europe sectors.
Cities to be served in Europe have so far also not been named.
The new Global African Aviation (GAA) management also states that there are firm plans to introduce a third MD-11F into the fleet. This aircraft is said to be undergoing maintenance in Jakarta before being leased to GAA under the registration code Z-BVT in the very near future.
Let’s hope that this carrier gets its feet off the ground pretty fast as its predecessors have not had so much luck in the past couple of years.
We certainly wish them good luck.
John Mc Donagh