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ESTABLISHED IN 1965. FORMERLY "AIR TRANS AFRICA." NATIONAL CARGO CARRIER. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1965, COVERS AN AREA OF 390,759 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 13 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL IS HARARE, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.
JANUARY 1996: ACCDT: (AFF) DC-8-55CF (HUSHKITTED) (45805, BUILT /65) OUT OF SERVICE AT HARARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
OCTOBER 1997: TO AMSTERDAM, CAIRO, DAR-ES-SALAAM, JOHANNESBURG, KANO, LAGOS, LILONGWE, LONDON GATWICK, AND FRANKFURT.
DC-8 IS UP FOR SALE. LOOKING FOR A DC-10 TO REPLACE IT. CONSIDERING DOING 3RD PARTY CONTRACT MAINTENANCE.
NOVEMBER 1997: CODE SHARE WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) TO EUROPE.
DECEMBER 1997: STILL TRYING TO SELL ITS SOLE FREIGHTER, GROUNDED SINCE AUGUST. PHASED OUT ITS ENGINEERING & TECHNICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.
JANUARY 1998: PARTNERSHIP WITH EUROPEAN AIR TRANSPORT (DHL) (EPT) TO LAUNCH DC-8F SERVICE TO BRUSSELS. (DHL) TO USE HARARE AS GATEWAY TO SOUTHERN AFRICA.
APRIL 1998: 250 EMPLOYEES.
APRIL 1999: 282 EMPLOYEES. SITA: HREAPZL.
APRIL 2001: (http://www.sunshinecity.net/affretair/pages).
GOVERNMENT OWNS 100%.
July 2002: 2001 = 210.72 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
June 2008: The government of Zimbabwe is planning to boost the national carrier's fleet ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup finals, to be hosted by South Africa. The Minister of Transport & Communications, Cde Chis Mushohwe said Air Zimbabwe currently has eight airplanes for its domestic and international routes. He said the government was looking at acquiring five long-haul airplanes, including two passenger models and three freighters. The freighters would be used to revive Affretair (AFF), the former cargo arm of (ZMB). This presumably accounts for the recent order for one Ilyushin Il-96-300 passenger airplane and two Il-96-400F. The government also wants (ZMB) to develop its regional operations and confirmed (ZMB)'s interest in 737-900s and also the 105-seat ARJ21-900, being developed jointly by AVIC 1 of China and Bombardier Aerospace.