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And Russia makes 77

I am filling in my globe with all of the countries, territories and regions I have visited.  With the addition of Russia this week, I have made it to 77 countries. I only count a country if I have left the airport. So while, I have transited through Doha and Johannesburg airports, I do not include Qatar and  South South Africa in my tally. I have been to about two thirds of the countries in both Asia and Europe and exactly half of all the nations in the Oceania region of the planet. African exploration…

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Air Zim flies with No Passengers

Air Zimbabwe flew an an empty 767 from Johannesburg to Harare on Monday  November 12th. The plane which has seats for 203 passengers had flown in the morning to Johannesburg from Harare International with five passengers. There were nine crew aboard including two pilots, a first flight officer, an engineer and six flight attendants. This was a result of nil marketing by the airline about its resumed services after its latest grounding. Since then, the airline has launched new cheap fares offering round trips to Johannesburg for 420 US dollars .This compares to South Africa Airways  630 US Dollar return…

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Air Zim back (again)

Robert Mugabe, the leader of Zimbabwe is not in a hurry to go anywhere nor it seems, is his country’s national carrier. After suspensions of services several times. multiple strikes and groundings and suspension from IATA, the carrier’s ceasing of flight’s seemed to spell the end in February. Not so! In March 2012, the government of Zimbabwe disbanded Air Zimbabwe Holdings, absorbed a one hundred and fifty million US dollar debt and established Air Zimbabwe Private Limited. They then flew from Harare to Bulawayo and Victoria Falls (all in Zimbabwe) from May 2nd to  July 2nd, 2012. Now the airline is on its…

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Air Zim still won’t die. It is like a Monty Python sketch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGFXGwHsD_A The news this week from Zimbabwe is the height of ridiculousness. Air Zimbabwe reminds me of the character in the Monty Python film: CART DRIVER: Bring out your dead! LARGE MAN: Here’s one! CART DRIVER: Ninepence. BODY: I’m not dead! CART DRIVER: What? LARGE MAN: Nothing… There’s your ninepence. BODY: I’m not dead! CART DRIVER: ‘Ere. He says he’s not dead. LARGE MAN Yes he is. BODY: I’m not! CART DRIVER: He isn’t. LARGE MAN: He will be soon. He’s very ill. BODY: I’m getting better! Air Zimbabwe this week suspended operations on July 2nd, 2012 following the grounding of its single…

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2012 Airline Bankruptcies

A cheerful topic! The one commonality the airline industry has, is that no brand is impervious. Unlike brands in other industries: Ford (USA), Cadbury (UK) and Waitrose (UK), airlines seem to come and go. The airlines lost so far in 2012 are listed below. Where I have blogged about the collapse, you will see my link. 2oth January: Cirrus (Germany) 27th January: Spanair (Spain) 30th January: US3000 (USA) 9th February: Malev (Hungary) – Check out my three blog posts about them: The Collapse 17th February : Air Australia (Australia) 26th February: Norfolk Air (Australia) 27th February: Velvet Sky (South…

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Air Zimbabwe Going going gone?

In 1996, I spent a glorious ten days in Zimbabwe. Many say that was the last good year for the country. Since then sanctions, corruption, seizure of farms, mines and businesses have made Zimbabwe a no go zone for tourism and business. These same conditions have reduced Air Zimbabwe passenger numbers from 1 million in 1999 to 23,000 in 2005 due to suspension of many of its flights and suspension from  the international financial and booking system by IATA over unpaid fees. The airline kept flying from 2005 to 2011 and even launched a new service from Harare to Kuala Lumpur.  Last year, however, was a…

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