Air Zim cannibalises Chinese plane

HARARE - Zimbabwe 's troubled national airline, Air Zimbabwe , has resorted to "cannibalising" one of its three Chinese aircraft for spares as the crisis at the airline deepens.
Airline sources said they would soon resort to stripping parts from one of the three Chinese made Modern Ark (MA60) air

craft to fix one of the planes undergoing major overhaul.
The national airline is battling to secure spare parts from the Chinese manufacturer after the Zimbabwean authorities bungled the initial deal after they signed a purchase contract without a spares back-up service.
The MA60 plies domestic and regional routes which include Harare, Bulaway , Victoria Falls, Lubumbashi and Johannesburg.
Air Zimbabwe has in recent months failed to service some routes or delayed passengers because planes could not fly due to a lack of spares or fuel, blamed on an acute shortage of foreign currency to pay foreign suppliers. – ZimOnline

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