Tuesday, December 11, 2012

■ ZIMBABWE: Air Zimbabwe renews membership of Galileo, Sabre and Amadeus as IATA Safety Audit is slated for next week.

Air ZimbabweAir Zimbabwe (UM), now back in the air for almost 1 month, are clawing their way back onto the regional market, with news that they have renewed their memberships with CRSs  Galileo, Amadeus, Sabre and Travel Sky from whom they were suspended in May 2011 following non payment of fees.

An Air Zimbabwe BAe146
An Air Zimbabwe BAe146 (KBrown)
Last week, Shingai Taruvinga, the airline’s spokesperson confirmed Air Zimbabwe’s return to central reservation systems Galileo, Amadeus and Sabre as well as the renewal of its membership with global distribution system (GDS), World Span, which is the hosting platform.
The airline is now visible and accessible online and can be booked worldwide in all countries that we have Central Reservation Systems (CRS) and Global Distribution Systems (GDS) agreement,” Taruvinga said.

Additionally, the carrier's IATA sanctioned International Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is to be carried out "next week" (ie. 17 - 23 December 2012). 

In an interview with the Zimbabwean government's mouthpiece, ZBC, Air Zimbabwe Holdings Acting Group CEO, Innocent Mavhunga, said:
"With IATA, we are been (sic) assessed next week and this will be another step in the right direction towards acquiring the airline's market share," he said.

UM were granted a 90 day reprieve in late September failing which, it would be banned from" using international airports and other country's air spaces forever."