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Zim airline to resume flights – report

2012-10-23 13:43

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Harare - Zimbabwe state radio says the nation's indebted airline plans to resume international flights by 31 October to avert an IATA ban on flying foreign routes.

The radio reported on Tuesday that Air Zimbabwe this month took delivery of two Airbus aircraft to replace its aging Boeings and meet safety standards.

The International Air Transport Association had given the carrier a three-month deadline to comply with safety standards or be barred from international airports and airspace.

State radio quoted airline officials saying "everything is on course" to resume international flights that were grounded earlier this year after a series of pilots' strikes and debts soared to more than $140m.

The radio says China has been linked to a possible bailout plan. An official announcement by the airline is expected soon.

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