Malawian Airlines unveils J’burg route Feb 17: Acquires Boeing 737-800 flight

Malawian Airlines Limited is expected to inaugurate its long awaited initial commercial flight to Johannesburg, South Africa next Monday, 17th February.

This follows the coming of the Airlines’ second and biggest aero plane, a Boeing 737-800, from its strategic partner Ethiopian Airlines.

The Ethiopian Airlines is expected to deliver the plane this Saturday at a function to be held at the Kamuzu International Airport in the capital, Lilongwe from 14:00hrs.

Some of Malawian Airlines staff members alighting from the plane- Pic Lucky Mkandawire
Some of Malawian Airlines staff members alighting from the plane- Pic Lucky Mkandawire

Malawian Airlines Public Relations Officer (PRO), Maganizo Fly Mazeze, said the Airlines’ flagship daily service to Johannesburg will originate from Lilongwe with a stop-over in Blantyre.

He said the newly acquired flight will give passengers the greatest choice and convenience for international connectivity to the region and the outer world.

“This is the first time that Lilongwe and Blantyre will have daily flights into Johannesburg, which is one of Africa’s busiest connecting hubs to the rest of the world,” said Mazeze.

The spokesperson said the airline was convinced that the introduction of the regional flights would compel surface travelers to begin flying, which is very convenient than driving.

The new generation Boeing 737-800 airplane, which is less than two years old in operation, has two-class configuration of business and economy with a capacity of 154 passengers.

The delivery of the new flight completes the initial fleet of two planes for Malawian Airlines, the other being the 67-seater Bombardier Q400, which arrived in the country some three weeks ago.

Bombardier Q400 started its domestic operations on 31st January, with daily services between Lilongwe and Blantyre but it now flies to Harare, Zimbabwe three times a week.

Under its tagline ‘From the Warm Heart of Africa’, the Malawian Airlines aims to offer world class on-ground and in-flight services, and provide extremely competitive fares on the aviation market.

Malawian Airlines was established under a strategic partnership agreement, which saw the Ethiopian Airlines providing the two aircrafts as part of its 49 percent shareholding in the local company while the Malawi Government, which has a 51 percent stake, is providing working capital for its initial operations.

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