Air Zimbabwe Is Said to Cut More Than a Third of Its Workforce

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Air Zimbabwe Is Said to Cut More Than a Third of Its Workforce

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Post by four engine jock » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:03 pm

Air Zimbabwe is firing more than a third of its workforce to prevent the state-owned airline from going bankrupt.

The airline has debts of about $330 million, Transport Minister Joram Gumbo said in June. The carrier was also banned from operating in the European Union in May on safety concerns even though it doesn’t currently fly there. As many as 2OO jobs, or more than a third of its workforce, will be cut, a person familiar with the situation said, asking not to be named as the information hasn’t been made public.

“In light of the huge financial challenges which the company is faced with, a decision to compulsorily retrench employees with immediate effect has been made,” the airline said in a letter sent to affected employees and seen by Bloomberg. The job cuts are necessary to “contain operational costs and save the national airline’s viability as a going concern.”

The fortunes of the airline, founded as Central African Airways in 1946, have declined with the country’s economy halving in size since 2000 as unemployment and a shortage of cash cut consumer demand for products ranging from plane tickets to beer over the past few years. In addition to domestic flights, the airline, which used to operate routes to Europe and China, flies to South Africa and Zambia.

Employees affected were told they will receive 3 months pay as well as two weeks pay for every year worked.

Air Zimbabwe Chief Executive Officer Ripton Muzenda didn’t immediately answer calls to his mobile phone, while Gumbo’s phone was unreachable



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Post by Bell 407 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:46 pm

Now then, is this Air Zimbabwe or the newly touted Zimbabwe Airways :whistle:



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Post by four engine jock » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:42 pm

Air Zimbabwe.



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Post by Bell 407 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:50 pm

Air Zim aborts flight to Joburg

Harare - Air Zimbabwe had to abort a flight to Johannesburg on Monday after one of its Boeings suffered a loss of cabin pressure, reports said.

Pictures shared on social media on Monday showed yellow gas masks dangling from the cabin roof.

"There was loss of cabin pressure on the plane and the system functioned well to release the gas masks from overhead," an aviation source told the private NewsDay.

"The pilot reduced height and was able to turn back and safely land at Joshua Nkomo International airport (in Bulawayo)," the source added.

The plane, identified as a Boeing 737-200, does not appear to have had many passengers on board. It is one of just four planes the struggling airline is down to.

No injuries

There were no reports of injuries and passengers caught a later flight to Johannesburg via Victoria Falls.

There has been no official comment on the incident.

Air Zimbabwe is struggling to stay afloat under a debt of more than $300 million. Unconfirmed reports say the government is working on a deal to re-brand the company and lease planes from Malaysia.

Britain and the US have banned their employees and diplomatic staff from using the airline after the European Commission in May barred Air Zimbabwe from flying to Europe over safety concerns.

'Best pilots'

The airline hasn’t flown to Europe for years, though there were plans to reintroduce the popular Harare-London route soon.

Twitter responded to Monday's mishap. A.T. Magodhlo suggested the plane was past its use-by date. "Manufactured in 70s it's very normal of its model and age. Not safe it reached its scrap value in 2000," he commented.

Wrote @dambudzo80: "Why on earth would one entrust their life with AirZim!"

But journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu responded: "Because generally they're great. Best pilots too."

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Post by Bell 407 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:51 pm

Bell 407 wrote:"Why on earth would one entrust their life with AirZim!" But journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu responded: "Because generally they're great. Best pilots too."


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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:29 am

Air Zim has gas masks? :bingo:


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