Rainbow Airlines seeks strategic partnership with Europe and Asian bound airlines

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New Carrier, Rainbow Airlines, is seeking strategic partnership with European and Asian bound airlines to boost its Harare– Johannesburg route.

Fidelity Mhlanga

The airlines CEO Frank Humbe told businessdigest this week that the airline was aiming to create synergies to grow its business by tapping into their partners’ huge market base.

“We are going to have strategic partnerships with other airlines. Since we are going to Johannesburg, we have to liaise with airlines plying Johannesburg and European routes so that we can connect Johannesburg to European and Asian destinations so that we take their passengers from Johannesburg to Harare. I cannot mention them (airlines) at the moment because we are still negotiating with them,” he said.

Humbe said in the next six months the airline would introduce a Harare-Victoria Falls route followed by the Victoria Falls to Cape Town within the next 12 months.

The airline, according to Humbe, has established synergies with key players in the aviation industry such as Catercraft and registered travel agents in Zimbabwe to complement service delivery.
Rainbow has joined four other airlines which ply the same route which are Air Zimbabwe, South African Airways, Flyafrica and British Airways Comair.

The airline owns a single 128–seater Boeing 737-300 aircraft which it is leasing from a South African-based company, Star Air Cargo (Sac) Pvt Ltd.

Formed in 1996, Sac specialises in air leasing on short to medium term in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sac provides all the AOC’s maintenance requirements up to B check. It is based and operates from a Hangar in the Denel Aviation Campus facility at O R Tambo Johannesburg. It also has capacity to offer line maintenance to third parties.

The wholly-owned Zimbabwean Rainbow Airlines was issued with an air service permit by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development in June 2013 before being awarded an Air operators Certificate by Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe in February this year.

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