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A Boeing 737 similar to that being introduced by Proflight Zambia
A Boeing 737 similar to that being introduced by Proflight Zambia

Airline plans to boost capacity with larger plane


Proflight Zambia will almost double its capacity in the next few months with the introduction of a 108-seat Boeing 737 aircraft to its fleet.

The twin-engine jet plane marks a milestone for Zambia’s only scheduled airline, which celebrates 22 years of operation this year.

“The addition of the 737 aircraft represents a new departure for Proflight,” said the airline’s Director of Government and Industry Affairs Capt. Philip Lemba. “Hitherto we have been operating 29-seat Jetstream 41 and 18-seat Jetstream 32 aircraft. The 737 takes us to new heights and puts Proflight firmly in the big league of regional airlines.

The leap in seating capacity will enable Proflight and its passengers to benefit from the economies of scale inherent in a large aircraft. The operating costs of a large aircraft are proportionately lower than those of a smaller plane. Airport landing fees, fuel and crew costs can thus be apportioned between greater numbers of passengers, bringing airfares down dramatically.

Super-low introductory fares are now in the pipeline in recognition of these efficiencies, and the airline is exploring options of a KR150 one-way ticket from Lusaka to Ndola, subject to successful negotiations with the National Airports Corporation (NACL) over ground handling for the aircraft.

The airline is expected to be in place for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Livingstone in August, and will play a pivotal role in getting delegates to the venue, and raising the nation’s standing in the eyes of the world’s tourism industry.

The airline believes that with its new aircraft it will be able to comfortably service the demands of the UNWTO event without the need for the country to bring in additional oversees carriers.

The 737 aircraft is the best-selling aircraft in aviation history. The 737 is operated by more than 500 airlines, flying to 1,200 destinations in 190 countries, and represents more than a quarter of the worldwide fleet of large commercial jet airliners. On average, some 1,250 Boeing 737s airborne at any given time around the world, with two departing or landing somewhere every five seconds, according to Flight International.

The 737-200 can fly at speeds of up to 780kph, compared with the current maximum speed of 546kph of the Jetstream 41 aircraft, reducing flight times significantly. Its cargo capacity will enable Proflight to offer increased baggage allowances on routes operated with the 737.

“The addition of the Boeing 737 to Proflight’s fleet lifts it into the ranks of the serious international airlines, making it a credible regional carrier from its Lusaka hub. The significance is enormous,” added Capt. Lemba.

Proflight is also in the process of purchasing an additional Jetstream 32/31 aircraft which will enter service in June 2013.  This increases the schedule fleet to six Jetstream aircraft: two J41s and four J32/31s.  With the growth on the Solwezi route in the past five years and the recent upgrading of the Solwezi runway Proflight has deployed the J41 aircraft onto the Lusaka/ Solwezi which doubles the number of available seats on this route.

About Proflight Zambia

Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is the country’s only domestic scheduled airline. From its base in Lusaka it flies to Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi, Ndola, Solwezi, Chipata, Mansa and Kasama.

The airline prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service, and offering good value to business and leisure travellers locally and internationally.

The airline operates two 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft;  three 18-seater Jetstream 32’s; two 12-seater Caravan C208; nine-seater Britten Norman Islander; seven-seater Cessna C401/C402; and two five-seater Beech Baron. A 120-seat Boeing 737 is scheduled for introduction in the first quarter of 2013.

More information is available at www.flyzambia.com.


A WIDOW of Lusaka’s Kuku Township has been sued by her son after she brought in another man in the house she finished building using her late husband’s benefits.

This is in a case in which Conrad Chali, 26, has sued his mother Jenipher Mulenga, 43, asking her to leave the house and hand over all documents related to the administration of his late father’s estate because she wants to be married.

Mulenga denied and pleaded not guilty to the charge before Boma Local Court senior Magistrate Robert Zulu.

Facts before the court were that in December 2012, Mulenga unlawfully started staying in her late husband’s house with another man claiming that she built the structure using her own money.

But Chali told the court that his mother was picked as administrator of his father’s estate and when she got his benefits she did not share with the children as stated by the law.

He told the court that his mother’s boyfriend was the person benefitting from the hard work of his late father and that all the necessary documents were burnt.

“My late father built the house for his children to benefit not our mother to bring in her boyfriend.

“It is embarrassing to all my father’s relatives and they are not happy with the action,” said Chali.

He said his younger brothers had even stopped going to school because his mother was not supporting them but she had instead concentrated on her boyfriend.

Chali said that his mother was not supposed to bring an other man in the house and sleep on the same matrimonial bed left by his father.

“I want the house to be put on rent for the benefit of all the children,” said Chali.

But Mulenga told the court that there was no way his son could drag her to court because she also contributed to the construction of the house.

She said her late husband worked as a police officer for 10 years and after his death in 2004, she was only given KR3,000 as pension, which she said was not enough.

“My son has no right to chase me out of my late husband’s house because I also contributed towards building it.

“I got the pension and it is the money I used to take him go to school until he finished his grade 12. I cannot move out of the house,” said Mulenga.

She said his son had caused a rift between her and her late husband’s relatives.

Passing judgment, senior local court magistrate Zulu said Mulenga was not supposed to stay with her boyfriend in her late husband’s house.

He said Mulenga should instead move out of the house if she wanted to get married.

Magistrate Zulu said she was not supposed to burn valuable documents, an act he described as a criminal offence.

He said both Mulenga and Chali had the right to appeal to the subordinate court or to the administrator general if not satisfied.


PrisonSIX hundred inmates have been transferred from Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe to the newly constructed Mwembeshi Maximum Prison to decongest the country’s largest correctional facility.

The prisoners were shifted yesterday amid tight security from joint security wings which provided the escort from Kabwe to Mwembeshi about 40 kilometres west of the capital city, Lusaka.

And Home Affairs Deputy Permanent Secretary Kaizer Zulu has directed police to open an inquiry into alarming reports by Muvi Television of Mukobeko prison’s security situation and the welfare of the inmates.

The operation, which was kept secret until yesterday, saw Zambia Air Force helicopters fly slightly above the convoy of Road Transport and Safety Agency sweepers and several police escort vehicles.

Business in Chibombo and part of Lusaka nearly came to a standstill as the long convoy of buses and other vehicles drove through the Kabwe-Lusaka Road to Mwembeshi Prison.

The convoy in Lusaka was a marvel to watch by hundreds of people and motorists who queued up on Lumumba and Mumbwa roads to catch a glimpse while other people took pictures with their phones.

As scores of people jostled to catch a glimpse of the convoy, the helicopters hovered over the junction of Lumumba and Mumbwa roads at low height raising a shade of dust which blew off some merchandise as vendors scampered in different directions.

The inmates who were transferred to Mwembeshi have served between seven and nine years for various offences and the Mukobeko Prison is now mostly for those on death row.

Speaking shortly before he flagged off the transfer of the inmates, Mr Zulu said the idea to remove the prisoners was President Michael Sata’s initiative to uphold human rights of inmates.

“This is not something new that all our prisons are congested. As Patriotic Front (PF) Government, we decided that we expedite the finishing or building of this building at Mwembeshi which past governments started in 1978.

“We have finished the Mwembeshi Maximum Prison and is ready for use. It is from this background that we decided to decongest Kabwe Maximum Prison and remove 600 inmates serving sentences of over seven years and above,” Mr Zulu said.

He said President Sata’s administration had worked hard to complete the new prison facility to restore sanity to prisons.

About 40 per cent of the works were carried out at Mwembeshi Maximum Prison at the time the PF Government was elected in 2011.

The new prison, which contains about 40 bunkers in each dormitory fixed with modern ablution block facilities and showers, has a capacity of 600 inmates.

There are still 1,200 inmates at Mukobeko although the 600 prisoners would now enjoy a new life at the new facility which would be commissioned tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Mr Zulu said police would open an inquiry into reports by Muvi Television about the Mukobeko Maximum Prison’s security and welfare of inmates.

Muvi Television recently claimed that at least eight inmates died as a result of the beatings by officers following the escape of three prisoners who were on the death row.

But Mr Zulu said the reports by the private media television station were not only alarming but devoid of facts about the security situation at Mukobeko and the welfare of inmates.

Earlier, Commissioner of Prisons Percy Chato described the exercise as a success and paid tribute to law-enforcement officers for the assistance rendered to relocate the inmates.

He said Mukobeko Prison had over the years been congested because of a lack of facilities and paid tribute to the Government for coming to its aid by constructing Mwembeshi Prison.


BA A380British Airways’ first Airbus A380 will fly on the “Red Carpet Route” to Los Angeles, with tickets first going on sale on 5 March 2013.

The home of Hollywood will be the inaugural destination for the first A380 to be operated by a UK airline. The double-decker super jumbo is due to be delivered to British Airways in July and seats are now on sale for flights from 15 October 2013.

In celebration, the airline is launching with an offer to Los Angeles. Fares start at £499 return in World Traveller (economy) with a special £380 upgrade available for customers wanting to move up to World Traveller Plus (premium economy). Club World (business) return fares start from £3,800 for two people (£1,900 each).

The second A380 route will be to Hong Kong, and customers can book flights now for travel from 15 November 2013. Prices start from £559 return in economy or, for an additional £380, customers can upgrade to World Traveller Plus. Club World tickets again start from £3,800 for two people (£1,900 each).

A380 enthusiasts eager to be on the very first commercial services should note that dates for these will be announced once plans for training flights are completed.

The A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, accommodating 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current First class. Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. These upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin. The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck. Both cabins will feature the airline’s current design, which is now flying on the new B777-300ER fleet.

The aircraft’s innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and more fuel efficient than its predecessors.  British Airways has ordered 12 for delivery by 2016 as part of a £5bn investment over five years in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “This will be a very special premiere. The A380 is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity. London and Los Angeles are two world-leading cities, and we are proud to be the first airline to connect them with the A380.”

The arrival of the A380 has entailed a multi-million pound redevelopment of British Airways’ Heathrow engineering base to support maintenance of the world’s largest commercial aircraft type. This included two 24-tonne roof ‘eyebrows’ being lifted into place in one of the hangars to raise the height of the entrance to accommodate the A380’s 24-metre tailfin.

The airline’s website, www.ba.com will feature information on the new aircraft, including computer generated imagery (CGI) and a short film will be available via youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgN3NaxxWsg to give customers a feel for the aircraft. Customers can book via the website or by calling 0844 493 0787.

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Emirates marked its 130th international destination today, with its inaugural flight to Algiers. From left to right: Pradeep Suvarna, Global Head – DVPC, VFS (GCC) LLC, Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, H.E. Hamid Chebira, the Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research, Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, and Hiran Perera, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Cargo Planning and Freighters.
Emirates marked its 130th international destination today, with its inaugural flight to Algiers. From left to right: Pradeep Suvarna, Global Head – DVPC, VFS (GCC) LLC, Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, H.E. Hamid Chebira, the Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research, Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, and Hiran Perera, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Cargo Planning and Freighters.

New gateway marks the 130th destination milestone for the airline

Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has launched its daily non-stop service from Dubai to Houari Boumediene Airport today. It is the 22nd gateway for Emirates in Africa and the airline’s 130th international destination.

Emirates also flies daily between Dubai, Lusaka and Harare.

“The launch of our operations in Algiers will provide a wealth of new travel options for customers in Algeria, who will be able to fly non-stop to our industry leading hub in Dubai and conveniently connect to points across the Middle East, the Asian Subcontinent, the Far East and Australasia,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations.

Travelers to Algiers will fly on Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with a three class configuration featuring Emirates’ award-winning service and passenger comforts, including hundreds of channels of on-demand inflight entertainment, the ability to send and receive emails and text messages, meals prepared by gourmet chefs and superior service from the airline’s international cabin crew recruited from over 130 countries.

“With the start of our daily non-stop service from Dubai, Emirates looks forward to introducing a whole new audience to Algeria, bringing leisure travellers from around the globe to experience this country’s unique attractions. We are confident that Algeria will be a popular destination for business and leisure travellers alike, boosting tourism and opening new markets for business and trade.” added Mr Al Redha.

On board today’s inaugural were Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Jean Luc Grillet, and Emirates Senior Vice President Cargo, Planning and Freighters, Hiran Perera.

Their special guests on the flight included the Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Mr Hamid Chebira, Global Head-DVP, VFS (GCC) LLC, Pradeep Suvarna, and Managing Director of Michelin, Prashant Prabhu.

The new daily non-stop flight to Algiers, operated by an A330-200 with a belly hold capacity of 12 tonnes, will take Emirates SkyCargo’s weekly cargo capacity into and out of the country to more than 160 tonnes. Imports into Algiers include a wide range of manufactured goods, while the top exports include frozen fish, lobsters, oil and gas equipment and palm oil.

Starting 1st March, EK 757 will depart Dubai daily at 0845hrs and arrive at HouariBoumediene Airport at 1330hrs. The return flight, EK 758, departs Algiers at 1535hrs and lands in Dubai at 0055hrs the next day.

Algiers the capital and largest city of Algeria, is located in the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is home to numerous attractions, including the Great Mosque, the National Library, Martyrs Square, the Bardo Museum and multiple monuments and forts.

It is also home to a rich variety of architecture and a vibrant cultural scene with a diverse heritage of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and French influences,. The country also boasts some of the world’s most spectacular coastline as well as vast mountainous and desert landscapes.

AHF peer educators prepare for the flashmob.
AHF peer educators prepare for the flashmob.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation pioneers new approach to HIV/AIDS prevention message

Shoppers and travellers at Lusaka’s City Market and InterCity Bus Station received a Valentine’s Day surprise today (February 14) when an energetic “flashmob” of 37 young advocates moved through the area to distribute more than 72,900 free Love branded condoms and test 386 people for HIV.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) initiative was designed to mark International Condom Day and was part of a drive worldwide event to give away nearly half a million free condoms to the public in 21 countries, along with important messages on HIV prevention.

In Zambia, some 30 young people gathered for the dynamic rapid-fire distribution, which was accompanied by a free HIV testing service. The aim was to draw attention to the benefits of condoms, and also of lubrication during sexual intercourse in order to prevent condom breakages.

“The demand for condoms is not been adequately met worldwide, and the aim of the flashmob event was to highlight that,” explained AHF Prevention Program Coordinator Ntula Simwinga.

“Correct and consistent use of condoms is an important way to prevent the transmission of HIV and AIDS. We wanted to take that message to the heart of the community in central Lusaka, in a fresh, youthful manner that appealed to a new generation of sexually active men and women,” Our emphasis in 2013 is getting back to “ABC” added AHF Country Program Manager for Zambia, Victoria Kalota.

The annual event organised by AHF strives to promote condom use as a way to prevent new HIV infections and help partners protect themselves and their loved ones from sexually transmitted diseases.

AHF also encourages individuals to come forward and test for HIV so that all HIV-positive people can receive full care and treatment.

In addition to condom use, AHF advocates an increased focus on sexual abstinence and being faithful, in conjunction with convenient, free HIV testing and universal access to anti-retroviral treatment as an integral part of the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organisation, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 187,000 individuals in 28 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare.


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