Zimbabwe’s latest airline to take to the skies on August 26

Published on : Wednesday, July 22, 2015

airplane-perfectZimbabwe’s latest airline start-up is expected to take to the skies on Aug 26 joining five airlines servicing the lucrative Harare-Johannesburg route.



Rainbow Airlines, a wholly Zimbabwean-owned airline, says it’s not deterred by a poor performing economy. Rainbow Airlines is aiming to cash in on the Johannesburg-Harare route, one of the busiest regional routes and the most expensive in the world.



The airline received its Air Operators Certificate in February this year and it is entering the market at a time when Zimbabwe’s tourism industry is in the middle of a slump.



Rainbow Airlines Chef Executive officer Frank Humbe says: “Some of you might wonder why we are launching an airline when the economy is not looking good. Well, like any optimistic Zimbabwean, we are hoping that the state of the economy is going to improve; it cannot be in this state forever.”



The airline will start operations using a Boeing 737 aircraft with a carrying capacity of 128 persons. The aircraft is being leased together with a crew from South Africa’s Star Cargo.



Sources say the plane has been leased for three months. Rainbow Airlines shareholder Panganai Sanangurai says they have plans to acquire their own aircraft in the future.



With a return ticket price of 299 US dollars, Rainbow Airlines has priced itself between its two major competitors, Air Zimbabwe and South African Airways.



The airline says it plans to introduce a domestic service and additional regional routes.


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