Nyasaland’s first aviation company, Christowitz Air Services, was established at Blantyre by Mr. C. J. Christowitz in Jul1931 and started operations on 05Aug1931
< mostly used for charters by the Government >
[ – RANA (Rhodesian and Nyasaland Airways) was formed on 12Oct1933 by the merger of two small privately owned companies (Christowitz Air Services and Rhodesian Aviation Company). On 01Feb1940, the company was purchased by the government of Southern Rhodesia and transformed into an air force communications squadron became the Southern Rhodesia Communications Squadron. The Squadron, became Rhodesia Aviation Services after the war and resumed its commercial activities. In 1946 the Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland Governments decided that this service should become Central African Airways, capital for the new airline being provided on the basis of 50 per cent by Southern Rhodesia, 35 per cent by Northern Rhodesia and 15 per cent by Nyasaland]
[ – The Southern Rhodesian government formed Southern Rhodesia Communications Squadron on 01Feb1940 from RANA. This was renamed to SRAS (Southern Rhodesia Air Services) after the war. Its assets used to form CAA (Central African Airways) in 1946]
[ – Air Rhodesia was formed as a subsidiary of Central African Airways (CAA) in Jun1964, but became an independent corporation on 01Sep1967. After the country was renamed, the airline became known as Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia in 1979, before reforming as Air Zimbabwe in 1980]
[ – The entity that eventually became Air Zimbabwe formally came into being on 01Sep1967, when the Government of Rhodesia created Air Rhodesia Corporation to succeed Air Rhodesia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Central African Airways Corporation (CAAC) that had existed since 1964 as a domestic airline within Rhodesia. Air Rhodesia was renamed to Air Zimbabwe Rhodesia in 1979 and to Air Zimbabwe after Independence on 02Apr1980
< international airline that is the flag carrier of Zimbabwe. It was 100%-owned by the Government of Zimbabwe >]
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