Step aboard for a flight on Air Zimbabwe’s Boeing 737-200 – one of the last examples still flying

From the days of operating a modern and varied fleet, Air Zimbabwe is a shadow of its former self. Daniel Johnston steps onboard the airline’s last 737-200 to experience the thrill of flying one of the world’s few remaining Boeing Classics

Over a decade ago, the brightly coloured tails of Air Zimbabwe’s Boeing 767-200ERs were a familiar sight as far afield as London, while a mix of Airbus A320s, Boeing 737-200s, BAe 146s and even a trio of rare Xian MA-60s supported the regional and domestic network. However, years of spiralling debt, economic instability within the country and rising competition have left the Harare-based national carrier with just two aircraft – a 1986 vintage Boeing 737-2N0A, Z-WPA (c/n 23677), and an Embraer ERJ145LR, Z-WPQ (c/n 145373).

During a visit to South Africa, I had been planning a trip to ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ (Mosi-oa-Tunya), more commonly known as Victoria Falls. While there are a number of airlines and options to get there, there was only one real choice.


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