Air Zim hiring planes to service routes after failing to get spare parts for grounded planes
National airline Air Zimbabwe is being forced to hire palanes to service its routes. This is due to the fact that the airline is failing to secure spare parts for its grounded fleet due to foreign currency shortages. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is reportedly delaying the release of foreign currency for the purchase of the needed spare parts.
Air Zimbabwe chief executive officer Captain Ripton Muzenda said
We’ve been actually hiring aircraft from South Africa to try and maintain the schedules and we are also facing a challenge where we have not been getting aircraft that are available for hire. It’s not really a problem, it’s just that aircraft are down for maintenance work. When we try to make any external payments for parts it’s taking time to process the money through the Reserve Bank.
I don’t think we are unique. I think all companies including the manufacturing sector are facing the same challenges but the problem for us is that it becomes immediately apparent because aircraft has to be there and when you can’t get it on time it will show immediately.