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Air Zimbabwe rejected as European Third Country Operator

Posted 15 May 2017 · Add Comment

The plan by Air Zimbabwe to establish a maintenance hub in Zimbabwe has suffered a setback, after its application to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to be listed as a Third Country Operator (TCO) was rejected, reports ch-aviation.

The heavily-indebted airline signalled back in early-2015 that it had a plan to attain EASA certification and create a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hub in the southern African nation, hoping to draw on its expertise and low labour costs. Speaking with ch-aviation in January 2016, then-CEO Ed Makona said that revenue diversification was key to the airline's success.

"While flying will continue to be our priority, it will have to be sustained by other means which Air Zimbabwe has already looked at including establishing ourselves as a key MRO facility in Southern Africa given our existing IOSA certification," Makona said. "We have also started the process of securing European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification."

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