Zambia Airways

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Zambia Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1964
Ceased operations 1995
Hubs Lusaka International Airport
Fleet size See fleet
Destinations See destinations
Parent company Central African Airways (1964–67)
Republic of Zambia (1967–95)
Headquarters Lusaka, Zambia

Zambia Airways was the flag carrier of the Republic of Zambia.


Early logo

Zambia Airways was founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of Central African Airways. The original fleet consisted of two Douglas DC-3 and three DHC-2 Beaver. By 1967 Zambia Airways had become independent of Central African Airways and acquired a pair of BAC 1-11-207s and a couple of HS.748s. They also leased from Alitalia a DC-8 with which services from Lusaka to London were started. Originally the London route was flown twice a week with intermediate stops at Nairobi, Kenya, and Rome, Italy. In 1975 the Boeing 707 replaced the DC-8 and the Boeing 737–200 replaced the BAC 1-11s and was often put into service to Johannesburg and other medium-haul routes.

Another Zambia Airways logo

The widebody era arrived in 1984 with the acquisition of a DC-10. This was the only widebody used by Zambia Airways and was used to open a route to New York via Monrovia. This first DC-10, registered number 348 and christened "Nkwazi", was reportedly a point of national pride for many Zambian citizens. In 1989, a second DC-10 was leased from Sabena and later Lufthansa to help operate longhaul flights from Lusaka to London, Frankfurt, Rome, and Amsterdam, as well as a weekly service non-stop to Bombay in cooperation with Air India. The author James Ferguson, in his book about Zambian society, also recalls services to Belgrade and Larnaca.

A Zambia Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30

Meanwhile, the ATR 42 replaced the HS.748s. The next fleet expansion consisted of a Boeing 757-200F which substituted one of the 707s. Zambia Airways ordered the MD-11 and leased DC-8-61 while waiting for the delivery of the MD-11, which never occurred. In 1992, the government reportedly indicated that the airline would be responsible for its own debt services and had to meet operating expenses from its own revenues. Under this directive and in a worsening economic climate, the airline very quickly scaled back both domestically and internationally, and was liquidated in 1995.

The carrier Zambian Airways, which in 2007 was the only Zambian airline flying scheduled routes, is unrelated and was derived from the privatised Mines Air Services Limited.

In a recent quest to re-launch the airline, Ethiopian Airlines in conjunction with the Zambian Government, has reached an agreement to re-establish the State airline on the Zambian Day of Independence, October 24, 2018.[1]


A Zambia Airways Boeing 737-200 in Nairobi, February 1976.

Zambia Airways used to serve the following destinations when it operated:




North America[edit]

Historical fleet[edit]


Zambia Airways Corporation fleet in 1970 [2]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
BAC One-Eleven 2
de Havilland Canada Beaver 2 0
Douglas DC-3 3 0
Douglas DC-8 1 0
Total 8 0

Accident and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ "Zambia Airways gets closer to take-off – Zambia Daily Mail". Retrieved 4 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "1970 | 0559 | Flight Archive". Retrieved 2017-08-16. 

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