Communication and Transport Minister Brian Mushimba announcing the cabinet approval of a new national airline during a "Team building" cocktail at Lusaka Intercontinental Hotel on Monday, 18 December 2017. Picture By Jean Mandela
Communication and Transport Minister Brian Mushimba announcing the cabinet approval of a new national airline during a “Team building” cocktail at Lusaka Intercontinental Hotel on Monday, 18 December 2017. Picture By Jean Mandela

THE re-establishment of Zambia Airways is on course as Cabinet will soon take a final look at the partnership agreement and other documents that were being streamlined.

Consequently, the Government will ensure that the national airline inaugural flight takes off on October 24, this year as planned.

Transport and Communication Minister Brian Mushimba explained that the IDC had approved the documents with comments, which would be addressed by Cabinet this month.

Mr Mushimba said after Cabinet approval of the partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, the documents were sent to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to sign the agreement on behalf of the government.

The Minister was speaking in an interview in Lusaka.

“We are on course with the national airline and we are sure to start flying on the set date which is October 24th. Cabinet has approved the agreement but we gave it to the IDC to study it so that they are able to own the document.

“The IDC approved the agreement with some comments and those comments needed to be addressed and we are now in the process of addressing them, “he said.

He explained that among the comments raised by the IDC were technical support and maintenance of the national airline. They needed to be addressed in the shareholders’ agreement.

The Minister assured that all documents including the shareholders agreement would be concluded in time to have the national carrier fly on the set date.

“We entered into a partnership with Ethiopian airline and all that is left is for us to work out the terms and ensure that we have a national carrier in time,” he said.

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    • Honestly friends, was this the best way to spend millions of dollars? On an unnecessary, extremely costly and uncertain business venture? And we are suppose to be implementing austerity measures. This will be nothing but a drain on our resources. Just take a survey of airlines around. very few are profitable. Even South African Airlin es is struggling. Even with their far better systems. Anyway as jay jay often says “wasted years”

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    • Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a foooool like Brian Mushimba from any side.

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    • He means an Ethiopian Airline with a tail painted in Zambian flag. Go ask Malawi how they’ve been scammed by Ethiopian Airlines.
      – Plane maintenance is done in Addis Ababa
      – Catering service provider is Ethiopian company
      – Air hostesses are mostly Ethiopian
      – Pilots = Ethiopian
      – Management = Ethiopian
      – Uniforms made in Ethiopia
      – Planes bought by Govt
      – Capital funded by Govt
      PF00Lish regime will bankrupt our nation

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    • Maloza – $30 million can only buy you one small Embraer 170 light passenger jet with 2 million change….EA have already planned to procure aircrafts for their expansion…they were simply happy to assist dumb PF ministers part with their taxpayer’s money.

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    • Chilyata – this dingbat Brian Mushimba really makes my blood boil….these foools are glad to give away $30 million yet patients and the injured are welcomed at UTH’s ICU on wet floors there no beds.

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    • Junior already talking about “Let’s Roll”
      He never comments on his beloved Plunderers Federation P.F asking for a loan repayment delay.
      Makhoswe mwibala.

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    • Ba BR Mumba Jr, the planes are most definitely not new. They won’t be 2018 or 2017. What’s the difference the regular and the inaugural? Sadness is that you are showing signs of disappointment and dejection because you had very very expectations of PF and Lungu. Look at your friends the republicans. You seem to be in the same spot my brother.

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    • We are on course with the national airline and we are definitely on course to BANKRUPTING ZAMBIA AGAIN! !!!

      Did these !diots not learn a lesson the first time around!??? Or are they just too greedy and corrupt????

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  1. Will be the pride of Zambia go for it we are happy that we can sale our nation internationally , that is the kind of progress we need .

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    • So what is stopping you now then? What is it that is stopping you marketing your country abroad? You need a national airline…really laughable…you are simply very lazy in your mindset like that dull thing in that photo you call a minister.
      Wake up from your docility!!

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  2. I am still not convinced Hon Mushimba. Did you really expect IDC to reject the agreement, disobey their political bosses? This to me was upside down approval process, why didn’t Mushimba start by obtaing technical approval from technocrats and IDC instead of first from Cabinet? What do politicians know about such matters? This Mushimba guy has simply misled cabinet colleagues knowing their limited or NIL grasp of economic or technical knowledge. Once the ignoramus “approved”, he sent it to IDC for “final approval”. You know the directives that come daily from the top, even if they are at best ignorant, who can say no in our kind of society? Worse if it was h.h, because he is worst at listening!! You know the tribal, mister know it all!!

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    • OK am confused. If you admit that everyone in PF is ignorant, what is your basis of continued support for them ayi?

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  3. The Shareholders agreement had no clear component on ‘technical support and maintenance of the airline’? At this stage? Three months before inauguration?

    In the political and economic climate that Zambia is operating in, this is a clear case of misplaced national pride over prudence, ability and actual necessity for such a venture. I for one, should be placed on record to state that (not out of a desire for it to fail) this will be a failed project – especially with this regime of misfits.

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  4. This Zambia Airways foolhardy venture will be consumed whole by Kenya Airways,SAA and Ethiopian -these are the masters of African skies.Add the other crocodiles of European and Gulf Arab airlines and we can’t compete or survive.

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  5. i am zambian and support zambian businesses but after what zambian airways did to me in 2008…by selling me a ticket and never refunding, i will never charter a zambian plane ever

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  6. Zambia Airways will bring some color to the Zambian sky. ZA will bring abck tourists. ZA will make profit. It all dependes on management. Government must support ZA by avoiding interference. ZA must be allowed to operate along business principles. Congratulations! keep it up!

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    • Absolute nonsense. Are you saying tourists don’t go to Zambia because there’s no national airline? Are you that dull? What’s the national airline for Greece, USA, UK, Australia, and all these countries that have survived? What national airline takes people to the Niagara Falls, Yellowstone Park? Are you saying tourism would suffer in Kenya with Kenyan Airlines? What kind of asinine analysis is this? What tourist wants to fly on something that failed first and is flying Russian made and probably very poorly maintained planes? Are these Suicide trips? Airline run and maintained by incompetent Lungu is suicide.

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    • Open economy goes with open skies. More departures means more arrivals. The greater the choice of flights, the greater the convenience. No crying over missed flights, no crying over overbooked flights, no crying over cost of air tickets! Please take time to create jobs. Please take time to transfer aviation skills. Please take time to grow the economy.

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    • Dr. Private !mbecile

      Open skies in Ethiopia? You do merit “doctorate” in 5tupidity. In Ethiopia you cannot charter air-ambulance you 5tupid jerk. Inform yourself before 5hiting in public you morron!c arse licker

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