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Zimbabwe is landlocked republic in southern Africa, bordered on the north by Zambia and Mozambique, on the east by Mozambique, on the south by South Africa, and on the southwest and west byBotswana. Formerly the British colony of Southern Rhodesia, the white government of the territory unilaterally declared itself independent in 1965 and adopted a republican form of government in 1970. In 1979, as Zimbabwe Rhodesia, the territory installed a transitional coalition government; the following year a new black majority government was elected and the country became formally independent. The total area of the country is 390,759 sq km (150,873 sq mi). Harare is its capital and largest city

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October 28, 2016Little is known about Solenta Aviation Zimbabwe [added]
July 26, 2016Rainbow Airlines has now started operations [status change]
July 10, 20161time Zimbabwe had hoped to start operations in Oct2013 but did not [added]

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Affretair (National Cargo Airline of Zimbabwe)   

1983 - 1998Inactive

^ Comments : Affretair (Gabon) was formed by Air Trans Africa to help circumvent the Rhodesian sanctions. Taken over by Air Zimbabwe in 1983, moved to Zimbabwe and known as to Affretair (National Cargo Airline of Zimbabwe). Affretair was liquidated in 2000 under a $511 million debt

^ Genealogy : Affretair >Affretair (National Cargo Airline of Zimbabwe)

Afro-Continental Airways   

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Air Tabex   

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Air Trans Africa   

1965* - 1980*Renamed

^ Comments : Affretair was founded as Air Trans Africa in 1965

^ Genealogy : Air Trans Africa >Affretair

Air Zambezi   

1998 - 2002Inactive

^ Comments : Air Zambezi was formed in 1998 & revenue flights begin on 16Jul1998

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Air Zimbabwe  updated

1980 - dateActive

^ Comments : Air Zimbabwe was renamed from Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia after Independence on 02Apr1980. AIR ZIMBABWE was originally formed as RHODESIAN AIR SERVICES and changed to AIR RHODESIA in 1962* to take over the service operated by CAAC and name was changed to AIR ZIMBABWE RHODESIA in 1978. AIR ZIMBABWE was adopted in 1980 after independence & operations started on 02Apr1980. Took over AFFRETAIR in 1983. International airline that is the flag carrier of Zimbabwe. It was 100%-owned by the Government of Zimbabwe

^ Genealogy : Rhodesian Aviation Syndicate >>Rhodesian Aviation Co >RANA >SRAS >Central African Airways +>Air Rhodesia >Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia >Air Zimbabwe

Airlink Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe Airlink)   

2001 - 2003Inactive

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Astra Air   

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Avient Aviation   

1993 - 2013Inactive

^ Comments : Avient Aviation was placed into administration on 05Apr2013 & flight operations taken over by AV Cargo Airlines Limited

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Bumi Air   

2012 - dateActive

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Catalina Safari Company   

1988* - 1988*Status?

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CATS (Central Air Transport Services)   

2009* - 2009*Status?

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Comercial Air Services   

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DHL Aviation (Zimbabwe)   

2004* - 2006*Status?

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Eastern Gateway Air Services   

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Exec-Air   

2004* - 2006*Status?

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Executive Airlines   

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Expedition Airways   

1999* - 2000*Inactive

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Falcon Air   

2004* - 2008*Status?

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Fastjet Zimbabwe   

2015 - dateActive

^ Comments : Fastjet Zimbabwe launched with an inaugural flight between Harare and Victoria Falls on 28Oct2015

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Fly540 Zimbabwe   

(2011*)Began?

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flyafricazim   

(2016)Began?

^ Comments : Zimbabwe flyafrica first service was launched between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg on 17Jul2014. However operations were suspended since Oct2015, on removal of the airline's operating licence. Will rebrand as flyafricazim

^ Genealogy : Zimbabwe flyafrica >flyafricazim

FlyKumba   

2010 - 2011Inactive

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Flywell Airlines   

1995* - 2001Renamed

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^ Genealogy : Flywell Airlines >Airlink Zimbabwe

Fresh Air   

2012 - 2012Inactive

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Global Africa Aviation   

2014 - dateActive

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Just Fly   

(2014)Began?

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Majestic Air   

(2001)Began?

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Mid Airlines   

(2002)Began?

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Mjair Airlines   

(2014)Began?

^ Comments : Mjair Airlines intended to be the latest Zimbabwean start-up looking to break the Air Zimbabwe monopoly. Did not start operations

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Musee Air Service   

1996* - 1996*Inactive

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Pegasus Flight   

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Phoenix Air   

(2012)Began?

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Rainbow Airlines   

2016* - dateActive

^ Comments : Rainbow Airlines operated its first demonstration flight on 21Jul2015. Commenced scheduled passenger operations on 25Jan2017, with a return service between Harare Int'l and Victoria Falls.

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Rhino Airlines   

1997* - 2004*Status?

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Royal Zimbabwe Airlines   

(2011)Began?

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Skywork   

1955* - 1965*Inactive

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Sol Air   

(2012)Began?

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Sol Aviation   

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Solenta Aviation Zimbabwe   

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^ Comments : Little is known about Solenta Aviation Zimbabwe

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Southern Cross Aviation   

2004* - 2008*Status?

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Spencer Airways   

1947 - 1947Inactive

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Techair   

1975* - 1975*Status?

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United Air Charters   

1979 - 2006*Status?

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^ Genealogy : Hunting-Clan African Airways + Air Carriers + Commercial Air Services (Rhodesia) + Fishair + Flights (1956) + Victoria Falls Airways =>RUAC >UAC

Vic Falls Airways   

(2014)Began?

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Wilderness Safaris   

(2012)Began?

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Xeric Aviation   

2002 - 2003*Status?

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Zimbabwe Cargo Airlines   

(2003*)Began?

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Zimbabwe Express (Tirez Aviation Services)   

(2013)Began?

^ Comments : 1time Zimbabwe had hoped to start operations in Oct2013 but did not

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Zimbabwe Express (Tirez Aviation Services)   

1995 - 1999Inactive

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Zimbabwe flyafrica   

2014 - 2015Active

^ Comments : Zimbabwe flyafrica first service was launched between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg on 17Jul2014. However operations were suspended since Oct2015, on removal of the airline's operating licence. Will rebrand as flyafricazim

^ Genealogy : Zimbabwe flyafrica >flyafricazim