|Sol Air gets IATA identification code|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 00:00|
Newly licensed private airline Sol Air has been issued a code which is used to identify an airline for all commercial purposes globally. Known as the International Air Transport Association Accounting Prefix, it is a prerequisite for all airlines. Sol Air managing director Mr Nkosilathi Sibanda said the code was an integral part of the travel industry, and essential for the
recognition of an airline, its destinations and its traffic documents.
“We have been granted an IATA Accounting Prefix which will enable all our transactions to be safeguarded. We will be receiving the code today.
Mr Sibanda said the airline could also make transactions using the code.
“Passengers from any part of the world can book with us. Even international airlines like Emirates can also arrange with us for domestic flights,” he said. The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe licensed Sol Air in February this year to become the country’s third private airline.
Meanwhile, Mr Sibanda said the airline was still waiting for permission from the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development to start flying.
“Next week we will be signing a lease agreement for a 90-seater CRJ 900 aircraft with a United States of America firm. We have changed plans from the 70-seater aircraft.”
Over the years a number of private airlines have attempted and failed to take off and maintain operations in Zimbabwe. These include Zambezi Express Airlines, Mannock Holdings, Mekias Aviation, Alliance Air and recently Fly Kumba, Nu-Aero and Vic Falls Airways. — New Ziana.