Zimbabwe Express Airlines

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Zimbabwe Express Airlines
Zimbabwe Express logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Z7 EZX Zimexpress
Founded 1994
Ceased operations 1999
Hubs Harare
Fleet size 4
Destinations Johannesburg, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls
Headquarters Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Express Airlines was an airline from Zimbabwe, that was operational between 1994 and 1999.[1] It was publicly owned and was the second airline in Zimbabwe to break the monopoly of Air Zimbabwe. It was founded by Bulawayo businessman Evans Ndebele, originally launching operations as a domestic subsidiary of Air Zimbabwe with a BAe 146. The partnership with Air Zimbabwe ended in 1995 after a disagreement over the acquisition of aircraft. It continued as an independent entity, leasing a Hawker Siddeley HS748 and two Boeing 727-100 aircraft from South Africa. Later it operated a Boeing 727-200 and two Douglas DC-9-32. Services included Harare to Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Johannesburg with codeshare agreements to Kilimanjaro with Monarch Airlines and Cape Town with now defunct Sun Air South Africa. The airline eventually failed with financial problems, exacerbated by the collapse of its strategic partner Sun Air of South Africa.[citation needed] One of the 727-100s in the fleet was the 15th ever built.[2]