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Airlines

Name: ZAMBIAN AIRWAYS
7JetSet7 Code: MBA
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: LUSAKA
Country: ZAMBIA
Employees 40
Web: zambianairways.com
Email: info@zambianairways.com
Telephone: +260 1 271230
Fax: +260 1 271054
Sita: HDQRMQ3
Background
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MBA-LION
MBA-LOGO
MBA-LOGO-A
MBA-MAP-FEB09
MBA-MAY05-A

ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1948. FORMERLY ROAN AIR, CHANGED ITS NAME IN 1999 PRIOR TO LAUNCH OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICES. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
LUSAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PO BOX 34777
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA

ZAMBIA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1964, COVERS AN AREA OF 752,618 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 9.5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS LUSAKA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH.

DESTINATIONS:

Chipata used to be known as Fort Jameson when Zambia was still Northern Rhodesia and was an important trading post in the early part of last century. Now it is a bustling town where you can buy almost anything. Agriculture is the economic backbone of this town, mainly cotton and tobacco. Colorful markets selling fruit, vegetables, chitenje cloths, second hand clothing and little trinkets. There is a large Indian community here and their presence is evident in the number of ornate and colorful mosques around the town. It is also the gateway to Malawi and many Zambians cross the border regularly to do shopping trips in Lilongwe, only an hour and a half away. It is also the gateway to the South Luangwa for the overland tourists. Zambian Airways (MBA) flies to Chipata every weekday. Flights between Mfuwe and Chipata are also available.

Livingstone was named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone. The town was established in 1905. As a major European settlement, the town was made the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1911. As the capital, it enjoyed excellent facilities far superior to anything in the country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian colonial buildings that line the city's main road, and even had the distinction of having the country's first newspaper. The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city has become a quiet town, a little neglected but still retaining a special charm. The town of Livingstone lies a few kilometers upstream of the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is a destination that everyone who visits southern Africa must visit. The Falls never fail to blow you away as they are simply spectacular. There is the full range of accommodation and a million activities to choose from. Sip champagne on the edge of the Falls, canoe through the palm tree studded islands, jump from the bridge attached by a piece of elastic(!), ride elephants through the National Park, and much more. It can be tranquil, or you can go for a wild time. But whatever you dream of, Livingstone will provide it. Zambian Airways (MBA) flies daily to Livingstone.

Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia covers an area of over 70 square kilometers and is one of the fastest-growing cities in central Africa. Itís population almost trebled in the immediate post-independence era and continues to grow daily. Lusaka is also a city undergoing a face lift. A walk around the city will reveal new shops, including a new market and a multi-million dollar shopping mall; smart fast food outlets; new double carriageway roads, old buildings being refurbished and the transformation of the city's parks. The city lies at the junction of the main highways to the north, east, south and west at an altitude of 1,300 m above sea level. There are air links to most of the major tourist destinations in Zambia from Lusaka International Airport. The Zambian Airways (MBA) hub is Lusaka. All flights to (MBA) destinations originate from Lusaka International Airport.

Mfuwe is located in the Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, and is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. The Luangwa River is one of the last uninterrupted major rivers in the world. The variety of the habitats from ebony groves to open grass areas to the water filled lagoons that run along the Luangwa River give you the backdrop for some of the best game viewing in Africa. It can be quite breathtaking! The Luangwa is the home of "walking safaris" and there are excellent lodges, camps and bush camps from where you can experience both walking and drives in the bush. Zambian Airways (MBA) flies two to three times daily to Mfuwe during tourism season and daily during the off season (November through April). The Mfuwe airport is located 30 minutes from the main park gate.

As an important commercial centre in Zambia, N'dola lies 320 kilometers north of Lusaka. It is the gateway to the mineral producing region of the country, the Copperbelt province, with the major towns being N'dola, Kitwe, Chingola, and Luanshya. Like Lusaka, the development of N'dola has been rapid and extensive. There are many manufacturing industries here, including a major copper refinery. Although copper is still Zambia's largest foreign exchange earner and the mainstay of the national economy, the city of N'dola has established itself as a commercial and light industrial center of considerable importance; as well as being the junction and distribution centre for the Copperbelt complex. The oil pipeline from Dar-Es-Salaam ends itís 1,700 km journey at the N'dola refinery. Zambian Airways (MBA) flies to Ndola three times daily during the week and also offers three weekend flights.

Outside the far western edge of the Copperbelt, Solwezi, the capital of the North-Western Province, sees very few tourists, but itís a large, lively town. From Solwezi, adventurous travellers can strike out north-west to the remote outpost of Mwinilunga, and possibly even to the source of the Zambezi (tucked in a distant corner near the Angola border).

Johannesburg is lucrative for tourism and many people come to the area to see the beautiful sights and to learn about the history. The cultural happenings are fantastic in this city and with more being added each year it is easy to see why 13 million people now call Johannesburg their home. They work, live and play in the area and would call no other place their home. The city truly has come a long way from the days it was first inhabited and continues to improve well into the future. Johannesburg is also the commercial capital of South Africa. The Johannesburg International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in all of Southern Africa. The Airport sees over 13 million passengers come through its airport every year. In Southern Africa it is the air transportation hub and has flights connecting to all the continents in the world. Zambian Airways (MBA) launched its flights into Johannesburg on 10 March 2006 and flies daily to Johannesburg from Lusaka and back. (MBA) operates a low cost service with no frills. The response from the market has been overwhelming with many first time fliers making use of this service.

Dar-es-Salaam is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline in Tanzania, and is a spectacular destination to relax after your safaris in Zambia. Its proximity to the equator ensures a tropical climate all year round. Why not take a day trip to the nearby islands of the Dar-es-Salaam Marine Reserve. where snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing are popular pursuits.

Lubumbashi is the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the hub of the Southeastern part of the country. Attractions in the city include a botanical garden, a zoo, a brewery and the regional archaeological and ethnological National Museum of Lubumbashi. The Kafue River rises near to the city, and along the Zambian border which meanders through Zambia to meet with the Zambezi River.

THE AIRLINE WAS FOUNDED IN 1948 AS NORTHERN RHODESIA AVIATION SERVICES BY ZAMBIA CONSOLIDATED COPPER MINES (ZCCM). THE "ROAN AIR" NAME WAS ADOPTED AS THE TRADE NAME OF MINES AIR SERVICES IN JANUARY 1990. FOLLOWING THE LIQUIDATION OF FLAG CARRIER, ZAMBIA AIRWAYS IN DECEMBER 1994, THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT SOUGHT TO LIBERALIZE THE AIR TRANSPORT INDUSTRY AND ENCOURAGE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION. AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT DIVESTMENT FROM THE MINING INDUSTRY, ROAN AIR WAS PRIVATIZED IN APRIL 1998. A MANAGEMENT BUY-OUT FOLLOWED AND THE COMPANY WAS RE-BRANDED AS ZAMBIAN AIRWAYS (MBA) IN 1999, AFTER CONDUCTING A SUPPORT AGREEMENT WITH THE SOUTH AFRICAN OPERATOR COMAIR (CML).

JANUARY 2001: SCHEDULED SERVICE TO HARARE, KITWE, LIVINGSTONE, LONDON, MFUWE, AND NDOLA.

ZAMBIAN AIRWAYS (MBA) IS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN COMAIR (CML) AND ROAN AIR HOLDINGS, ZAMBIA. BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) ACQUIRED AN 18% STAKE IN (CML).

APRIL 2000: (roanhq@zamnet.zm).

(http://www.africa-insites.com/zambia/roanair.html).

DECEMBER 2000: BECOMES BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) FRANCHISE PARTNER (12TH). TO JOHANNESBURG (3/WEEK) AND NDOLA - JOHANNESBURG (2/WEEK) IN JANUARY 2001.

1 737-200, COMAIR (CML) LEASED.

APRIL 2001: MAIN BASE: LUSAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LUN).

April 2003: 40 employees.

(http://www.zambianairways.co.zm).

May 2005: In June 2005, plans to launch services Lusaka - Johannesburg (737).

April 2006: 1 Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia (196, ZS-PSB), short term lease from Naturelink Charter (http://www.naturelink.co.za), South Africa. Will be used on domestic services, mainly from Lusaka to Ndola, Mfuwe, and Livingstone, and will go to Harare in neighboring Zimbabwe.

May 2006: Zambian Airways (MBA) flies to Victoria Falls, to world famous South Luangwa game park, to Lower Zambezi national park and to many other exciting destinations within and beyond its borders.

September 2006: Zambian Airways (MBA) purchased 2 737-244s (22584, 9J-JOY; 22588, 9J-JCN) from Safair (SFA) of South Africa. The airline took an option on a 3rd airplane for early 2007. Zambian Airways (MBA) will operate its own airplane on the Lusaka to Johannesburg route on October 29th, in replacement of Kulula (KUL) which operated the service on behalf of Zambian Airways (MBA). It will also operate N'dola to Johannesburg. Zambian Airways (MBA) will also begin service from Lusaka to Dar Es Salaam and from Lusaka to Solwezi on November 1st. The 1st 737 (22588, 9J-JCN) was due to arrive this week while the 2nd one (22584, 9J-JOY) is expected in October 2006.

August 2008: Tiny Zambia Airways (MBA) is holding its own, if not quite profiting, in an extremely difficult market. A new flight between Livingstone and Johannesburg is benefiting from Nationwide (NWR)'s recent collapse. Cooperation with Kululu.com (KUL) is helping to fill seats, and flights to the mining center of N'dola, benefit from the commodity boom. Labor costs are also low. However, (ZMB)'s handful of 737-200s are not taking well to the extreme fuel prices and incomes in Zambia are still extremely low by international standards. (ZMB) continues to be privately owned, having replaced a defunct state-owned carrier of the same name in the 1990s.

September 2008: Zambian Airways (MBA) operates domestic, passenger, jet airplane flights from Lusaka, as well as on-demand charter, jet airplane operations to anywhere in the region. The airline also provides international flights and is equipped to handle emergency flights at short notice.

40 employees.

Parent organization/shareholders: Joint venture of Roanair holdings and Comair (CML).

(IATA) Code: Q3 - 391. (ICAO) Code: MBN (Callsign - ZAMBIAN).

Main Base: Lusaka International Airport (LUN).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Chipata; Kasompe; Livingstone; Lusaka; Mfuwe; N'dola; & Solwezi.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Dar-es-Salaam; Johannesburg; Harare; Lilongwe; & Lubumbashi.

January 2009: Zambian Airways (MBA) suspended operations over the weekend, citing an inability to handle rising costs. The carrier also reportedly owed National Airports Corporation, which controls the nation's airports, more than >$2 million. Government officials indicated they would meet with the airline's executives to discuss a potential state-assisted reorganization.

January 2009: Zambian Airways (MBA) ceased flying on January 12th, 2009. (MBA) was a scheduled airline based in Lusaka operating an extensive domestic route network.

March 2010: The USA and Zambia signed an "open skies" aviation agreement. Zambia is the USA's 96th "open skies" partner and 20th in Africa.

Fleet:
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February 2009:

1 737-200 (JT8D), (CML)/(KUL) LSD.

2 +1 ORDER 737-244 (JT8D-17A) (821-22584, /81 9J-JOY, 2006-10; 836-22588, /82 9J-JCN "ELYO BWACHA" 2006-09), BF (SFA). 118Y.

2 RAYTHEON BEECH 1900D (PT6A-67D) (UE-319, /98 9J-MBO "KAINGO;" UE-323, /98 9J-MAS "MUKANGO"), 18Y.

1 CESSNA 208B, 12Y.

1 EMBRAER EMB-120 BRASILIA (196, ZS-PSB), NATURELINK LSD 2006-04.

Management:
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MUTEMBO NCHITO, CHAIRMAN.

DONALD MACDONALD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

BERNARD CHIWALA, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO).

 
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