Proflight Zambia is reintroducing its popular 50-seater Jubilee jet aircraft on domestic routes from the beginning of next month.
The Bombardier CRJ-100 aircraft, which was originally introduced on a trial basis in October to coincide with the 50th Independence celebrations, is now being brought back by the airline on a long-term basis due to popular demand.
“Proflight Zambia has grown steadily but surely over the last few years, adding new routes and growing passenger numbers, hence now is the time to increase our fleet by adding a larger jet aircraft,” said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba.
Proflight Zambia and RwandAir have signed a codeshare agreement on the Lusaka-Johannesburg route with RwandAir as the operating carrier and Proflight Zambia as the marketing carrier.
Starting March 27, the flights will be operated three-times-a-week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays leaving Lusaka at 21:50hrs and arriving in Johannesburg at 23:50hrs, and returning from Johannesburg at 07:15hrs and arriving in Lusaka at 09:15hrs by RwandAir’s state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 Next Generation dual class aircraft.
The schedule is convenient for business travellers among others and synchronised to enable Proflight Zambia’s passengers to seamlessly connect to and from its network and the code share flights. Special introductory fares on the Lusaka/ Johannesburg route will start from US$180 one-way including taxes.
Travellers can now by Proflight Zambia plane tickets at 23 Shoprite stores across the country under a new sales agreement between the two companies.
The deal adds convenience by enabling shoppers to book and pay for flights along with their groceries at supermarkets. This is particularly convenient in places such as Solwezi, Chipata, Kabwe and Kasama where there are no Proflight offices and no IATA travel agents to purchase tickets from but there is a Shoprite store.
“Combined with Proflight’s super-low fares, flying has now become accessible to people from all walks of life across the country,” said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba. “Paying for a plane ticket is now as simple as popping to Shoprite to do your weekly shopping.”