Air Zimbabwe (UM, Harare Int'l) has sought government approval to dispose of an unspecified number of its mothballed fleet.

State broadcaster ZBC said earlier this week that the ailing carrier had written to the Ministry of Finance to seek the requisite permission needed to effect the sale. The airline is, at present, mired under a USD380 million debt burden worsened by a lack of serviceable aircraft.

Air Zimbabwe's administrator, Reginald Saruchera, called on the government to help recapitalize the state-owned carrier which requires a further USD12 million to return its fleet to operability.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Air Zimbabwe's fleet currently entails:

  • B767-200(ER): Z-WPE (msn 24713) - 29.65 years - Stored at Harare - 70,850 hours via 14,973 cycles as of April 30, 2019;
  • B767-200(ER): Z-WPF (msn 24867) - 28.73 years - Active - 65,178 hours via 13,929 cycles as of April 30, 2019;
  • B737-200Adv.: Z-WPA (msn 23677) - 32.59 years - Stored at Harare - 31,668 hours via 31,126 cycles as of April 30, 2019;
  • B737-200Adv.: Z-WPB (msn 23678) - 32.02 years - Stored at Harare - 34,461 hours via 34,666 cycles as of April 30, 2019;
  • B737-200Adv.: Z-WPC (msn 23679) - 31.97 years - Stored at Harare - 30,239 hours via 31,061 cycles as of April 30, 2019;
  • MA-60: Z-WPJ (msn 302) - 15.45 years - Stored at Harare;
  • MA-60: Z-WPK (msn 303) - 15.45 years - Maintenance at Harare;
  • MA-60: Z-WPL (msn 304) - 13.48 years - Stored at Harare;
  • A320-200: Z-WPM (msn 1973) - 22.44 years - Longterm storage/Maintenance at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo;
  • A320-200: Z-WPN (msn 630) - 16.29 years - Maintenance at Harare;
  • E145LR: N812HK (msn 145373) - 18.38 years - Pre-EIS maintenance at Harare - 38,948.62 hours via 34,155 cycles as of August 31, 2017.

Contacted for comment, Air Zimbabwe declined to specify which aircraft it is considering selling given the need to obtain government consent first.