PROFLIGHT VETERAN CLIMBS TO NEW DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS ROLE

Published: 9 August
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Proflight Zambia’s long serving and highly experienced pilot Captain Gerald Tembo has been promoted from chief pilot to the position of director of flight operations.

Capt. Tembo’s new position involves being responsible for personnel and departments making sure Zambia’s leading airline is safe, the pilots, engineers, staff and the cabin crew are well trained and at the top of their game in all aspects of the aviation industry.

He has a generation’s worth of invaluable experience in the business and has been with the airline for more than seven years. He takes on this top job at a time when the company is expanding its routes and fleet with larger aircraft and a new service to Harare.

“Proflight Zambia is proud to have some of the best pilots in the region, among them Captain Tembo, who brings with him a vast array of knowledge, experience and leadership. We are confident that he will help take the airline to new heights,” said the airline’s director of government and industry affairs Capt. Philip Lemba.

Aviation, like any other industry, requires leadership with the right skills, knowledge and experience that understands how to cooperate with the authorities in making sure the airline is safe, the pilots, engineers, staff and the cabin crew are well trained and up to speed in the aviation environment.

Capt. Tembo has been working in the aviation industry for more than 30 years. He started his career with the Flying Doctors Service in 1986 as a pilot, flying Islander aircraft. Since then he has flown for various companies in Zambia and in 1994 he started flying the Presidential jet while also flying for Roan Air.

In 1998 he became chief pilot for Zambian Airways and head of flight operations.

Between 2010 and 2012 he worked for the Department of Civil Aviation before joining Proflight in 2012 as a captain on the Jetstream 41 aircraft. Capt. Tembo is also a qualified 737-200 captain.

“I am happy to take up this new position as director flight operation and I love to work with people and share my expertise with the young, upcoming experts in Zambia’s aviation,” said Capt. Tembo.

“Proflight Zambia is growing fast and, without doubt, the most exciting company in Zambia to work for. I look forward to rising to the challenge and working with senior management and staff to continue to build the airline into a flagship company of which the nation and Africa can be proud of,” he added.

Proflight Zambia celebrates 27 years of operation this year. It flies to more than ten destinations throughout Zambia and provides the backbone of the nation’s domestic aviation capacity. The airline recently launched flights to Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, adding to its international routes.

With a desire and heart in the aviation profession, Capt. Tembo will share his work experience and skills, passing them on to the next generation of top Zambian aviators at Proflight.

The airline is determined to ensure its employees gain the best expertise in aviation through offering cutting edge aviation systems and training guaranteed by its new director of flight operations to provide better, friendly, efficient and reliable services to international and local customers.

About Proflight Zambia

Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is Zambia’s leading scheduled airline. From its base in Lusaka its domestic routes include Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi, Kalabo, Ndola, Solwezi, Kasama, Ndola-Solwezi and Ndola-Kasama, and regional routes to Lilongwe in Malawi, and Durban in South Africa, Mfuwe-Lower Zambezi between June and October 2018. The airline’s Lusaka-Harare route will commence on July 9, 2018.

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 a 50-seater Bombardier CRJ-100 jet, three 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft and two C208 Caravans.

More information is available at www.flyzambia.com.

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