Air Zimbabwe said Tuesday it would retire its entire fleet of Boeing 737-200 aircraft and replace them with new planes.
The state-owned carrier has three Boeing 737-200 planes, which it says are now too old and obsolete to operate.
In a statement, the airline said it would acquire new aircraft and lease more modern ones as part of an ambitious fleet renewal planned.
Last week, Air Zimbabwe leased a Boeing 737-500 plane from Air Zambezi of Zambia to operate on domestic and regional routes.
“This (the lease) is part of a fleet replacement programme which will see the gradual phasing out of the entire B737-200 fleet the airline has been operating,” Innocent Mavhunga, the airline’s chief executive, said.
The carrier is presently paralysed by a month-old strike by pilots and cabin crew over unpaid salaries and allowances amounting to US$12 million