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Air Zimbabwe boss keeps revival plan close to chest

Godfrey Marawanyika

THE newly appointed Air Zimbabwe managing director Tendai Mahachi is set to unveil his turnaround plan to his board next week.

ca, sans-serif”>Mahachi this week confirmed that he was finalising his plan, which he expects to change the flagging fortunes of the institution.

“I am still trying to put my bags down and meeting some people. I am familiarising myself with the operations,” he said.

“I will be submitting the turnaround plan to the board and other stake holders next week, after which the plan will be made public.”

The Air Zimbabwe board is chaired by Livingstone Gwata.

Mahachi refused to comment on how he intends to revive the national airline’s fortunes saying he needed a mandate from the board.

Mahachi takes over from Rambai Chingwena who left Air Zimbabwe in May last year in as yet unexplained circumstances. Aviation expects have however warned that unless Mahachi manages to shake off political interference at the airline, he might find himself in the same pit as previous managing directors.

“Everything hinges on what he submits to the board next week,” a senior official at Air Zimbabwe said. “If the board and the government agree to his plan then he might be able to implement it with the assistance of other senior personnel from Air Zimbabwe,” officials said.

“There are serious problems at Air Zimbabwe like the unviable Harare-Far East route which has to be addressed. The route is just being maintained for political reasons,” he said.

Currently, Air Zimbabwe is charging US$1 000 for a return ticket to China. The payments can also be made using local currency.

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