|Hubs||Lusaka International Airport|
|Fleet size||See fleet|
|Parent company||Central African Airways (1964–67)
Republic of Zambia (1967–95)
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.
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.
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.
Zambia Airways used to serve the following destinations when it operated:
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- 2 – Douglas DC-3
- 3 – DHC-2 Beaver
- 1 – Vickers Viscount Leased from Central African Airways
- 2 – BAC 1-11-207s original delivery to Central African Airways
- 2 – HS.748s original delivery to Air Botswana
- 2 – Boeing 707–338(C) original delivery to QANTAS
- 2 – Boeing 707–321(C) original delivery to Pan American Airways
- 1 – Boeing 707–351(C) original delivery to Northwest Airlines
- 2 – Boeing 707–349(C) original delivery to Flying Tigers
- 1 – Boeing 707–348(C) original delivery to Aer Lingus
- 1 – Boeing 707–336(B) original delivery to British Overseas Airways Corporation
- 1 – Douglas DC-8-43 from Alitalia
- 1 – Douglas DC-8-54F from Alitalia
- 1 – Douglas DC-8-62CF from Alitalia
- 1 – Douglas DC-8-71 original delivery to Japan Airlines
- 0 – Boeing 737-2M9 original delivery to Zambia Airways
- 1 – Boeing 737–291 original delivery to Frontier Airlines
- 1 – Boeing 737–248 original delivery to Aer Lingus
- 1 – Douglas DC-10-30 original delivery to Zambia Airways
- 1 – Douglas DC-10-30(F) original delivery to Lufthansa
- 1 – Douglas DC-10-30(C)F original delivery to SABENA
- 2 – ATR 42-312 original delivery to Zambia Airways
- 1 – Boeing 757-23A(PF) original delivery to Zambia Airways
|de Havilland Canada Beaver||2||0|
Accident and incidents
- "Zambia Airways gets closer to take-off – Zambia Daily Mail". www.daily-mail.co.zm. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- "1970 | 0559 | Flight Archive". www.flightglobal.com. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
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