JB launches Malawian Airlines

By Banthu Times Reporter 27/03/2014
President Dr Joyce Banda receiving a gift from CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr Tewolde Gebremariam at Chunzu Primary School Ground - Pic By Stanley Makuti
President Dr. Joyce Banda Wednesday launched Malawian Airlines Limited which is expected to give Malawians a vibrant and faster means of transport.

Speaking at Chunzu Primary School Ground in Dowa, President Banda said air transport was one of the transport areas the country was experiencing numerous challenges.

Among the problems, the President noted absence of a reliable Airline.

Banda described the launch of the Malawian airlines as timely as it would provide Malawians with a successful and fastest mode of transport.

“I believe that having this Airline, more business people will not have difficulties in conducting their businesses both in and outside the country,” said Banda.

Malawian Airlines works with Ethiopian Airlines to protect and maintain the air safety and security record and to make air travel more environmentally responsible.

Apart from improving business, the President said the Airline would improve safety, quality and reliability of domestic air transport and bring substantial benefits to Malawians.

She said with the Airline in operation, more Malawians would have access to markets, education and health services as well as tourism centers.

“Malawian Airlines relates to a number of investments and its existence in the country will enable in sustaining air transport,” she said.

Chairman for Malawian Airlines, George Patridge, said having the Airline in Malawi was a great achievement, saying the Airline would provide a faster and reliable mode of transport to Malawians.

“Malawian airlines started its operational in January, 2014 serving the Blantyre-Lilongwe domestic route using the 67 seater Bombardier Q400 equipment,” said Patridge.

Patridge also explained that the company launched its first international service to Harare on February 3, 2014 and Johannesburg was added to the route network two weeks later.

Malawian Airlines Limited is the flag carrier airline of Malawi based in Lilongwe with its hub at KIA. It was established in 2012 after the liquidation of Air Malawi the former national airlines.

The Malawi Government has a 51 per cent market share while the Ethiopian Government only gets 49 per cent of the total market share.