KarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 6660 posts, RR: 26 Posted (6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 24975 times:
First it thought it was a joke but these words are coming from an Air Zimbabwe's spokesman:
Quote: Air Zimbabwe has announced that it plans to take on an A380-800 as part of its long-haul fleet, in time for the resumption of Harare Int'l to London Gatwick flights in July. According to a report in Zimbabwe's Financial Gazette, Air Zimbabwe spokesman, Shingai Taruvinga, said a deal for a new A380 was underway, but could not disclose the identity of the owner, rumoured to be France-based. However, industry specialists have poured scorn on the move given that Harare International Airport has not the infrastructure to handle such an enormous aircraft. The Zimbabwean carrier was linked to two other high-profile deals in the past. The first, a planned deal with Ilyushin Design Bureau (Moscow Zhukovsky) for three Il-96s in 2008 and the second, for two A340-500s in 2011, neither of which ever came to fruition.
If true (which I doubt), I wonder where they could get an A380 so fast?
rotating14 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 488 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24700 times:
Quoting KarelXWB (Thread starter): The Zimbabwean carrier was linked to two other high-profile deals in the past. The first, a planned deal with Ilyushin Design Bureau (Moscow Zhukovsky) for three Il-96s in 2008 and the second, for two A340-500s in 2011, neither of which ever came to fruition.
So its safe to say that this "deal" is as real as the tooth fairy? They have a total of 4 planes, one of which is stored and they want to get a hold of an A380?
DexSwart From South Africa, joined Aug 2012, 197 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24179 times:
Quoting davescj (Reply 4): They would need the A380's freights ability to carry enough Zim. Dollars to pay for it.
Zimbabwe has been using US Dollars for a while now, I'd know, I was there last year and also in January of this year.
This seems a little rediculous, however, Zimbabwe as a country is starting to pick up again. Harare is bustling, there's food on the shelves, new restaurants are popping up everywhere, people are still as happy and friendly as ever. It's great news for my family, as we love to go to Zimbabwe for holidays. Honestly still one of the best destinations for a holiday, period.
So, although an A380 seems a little rediculous, it seems as if Air Zimbabwe might become a Phoenix, reborn from its ashes.
Airbus is still showing the order for 2 A380s on the latest orders/deliveries spreadsheet. Speculation last year seemed to indicate that they were likely to be cancelled but can't find anything official.
ETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 659 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 21838 times:
Quoting DexSwart (Reply 8): This seems a little rediculous, however, Zimbabwe as a country is starting to pick up again. Harare is bustling, there's food on the shelves, new restaurants are popping up everywhere, people are still as happy and friendly as ever. It's great news for my family, as we love to go to Zimbabwe for holidays. Honestly still one of the best destinations for a holiday, period.
Indeed, that is great news. I have never been but hope to change that soon.
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3158 posts, RR: 10 Reply 24, posted (6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 19871 times:
If Air Zim got their hands on some new Antonov's or something rolling off a chinese production line (unlikely as even the Chinese US engines and I believe that's an issue) They'll be doing well. Believe this one when I see it.
25 flyingwithfish: If you think Air Zimbabwe can seriously take on an A380, take a look at this - Air Zimbabwe Comes To The End Of The Road - http://bit.ly/zuScfu I cove
26 awacsooner: This thread has great comedic potential.
27 BestWestern: The money for the aircraft is found it seems.... Apparantly the finance minister is in touch via gmail with a prince in Nigeria who has some money he
28 CXfirst: Hey, they could beat EK and become the first scheduled A380 operator at LGW! Even though I don't believe it will ever happen, nor do I think they shou
29 PanHAM: That was my first thought when I read the headline. Mugabe could pay this out of his pocket but why should he when he owns the state bank. However, t
30 SKAirbus: First of all they wouldn't be able to fill and A380 to LGW, also aren't there a ton of political sanctions on Zimbabwe because of Mugabe? I also know
31 B738FlyUIA: I guess that will not happen very soon. Even as mentioned in the tread I also doubt this. Maybe they can get one from EK when they have about 100 of
32 PHX787: If they lease it, it won't be 002...but is this no longer being the flying palace?
33 TheAviator380: A6-EDA will be 5 year old in July. UM can try getting that frame? UM can have an ambition to buy A380, so to me it is bit upsetting laughing at them o
34 SKAirbus: That is true but you haven't got a hope in hell in running an airline if you have a completely wharped business plan. Also, remember the government a
35 Bongodog1964: The whole thing appears to be complete fantasy, a struggling airline from a struggling Country states that they are going to operate the Worlds larges
36 RWA380: Much overcompensating for something indeed. Maybe he REALLY thinks that if he shows up at the next big wig days event. in his big shiny new plane, th
37 chieft: Well, the lease rate for an A380 is approx. 1.5 Mio USd per months. Certainly affordable for Air Zim...
38 chieft: Actually they ordered only one A380, S/N 129 with delivery 2014
39 Stitch: Are not most of EK's planes on lease (via sale-and-lease back)? And they seem to need every A380 they have. An A380 would reinforce his "Big Man" sta
40 chieft: Well, I got it! S/N 149 is an unknown order. MUST be Air Zim...
41 chieft: There is a Rumour, that Air Koryo has ordered A380s too....
42 peterinlisbon: Maybe Mugabe needs a new private jet, and this is the only one big enough for his ego. Seriously though, a bankrupt airline from a bankrupt nation run
43 Heavierthanair: G'day I guess with South Africa's Zuma trying to get hold of a 777 for his personal use this is a matter of mine is bigger than yours. One size up fro
44 chieft: He must have a pretty small one if he needs the biggest one available...
45 Devilfish: This does not cost as much as an A380 so it fits the bill nicely... . Could go shopping at most European destinations if it gets too hot in HRE... .
46 jfk777: This post needs to be shut down. Cubana would be the next A380 airline if this was credible.
47 sturmovik: Nope, Alwaleed bin Talal has sold it. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...o-invest-in-middle-east-firms.html Btw, the A380 just seems to be a repe
48 pfletch1228: Ditto my recent experiences. Honestly, I was shocked by the rate of progress. Obviously it will take years to recover, but I am immensely pleased tha
49 peterinlisbon: Ah, now I understand. It's not for Mugabe, it's for all of his cronies that are going to take over... that's why it needs to be so big!
50 bennett123: Do we know the new owner of 002 yet?.
51 TheRedBaron: Their are going to get the A380 that Mexicana ordered.... BTW I have a nice bridge I can sell to you real cheap... and its in Brooklyn ! TRB
52 Devilfish: Saw a picture of the An-168 private jet model..... . http://m1.i.pbase.com/o5/93/329493/1...1.ADKHfnAl.DubaiAirshow2009019.jpg Perhaps development wor
53 Aesma: You forgot about 100% inflation, with that in mind a 380 becomes a ratty 732.