By Nation Reporter
NO PRIVATE airline has developed at a faster pace in Zambia’s aviation history as Proflight Zambia, says the airline’s director for Government and industry affairs Captain Phillip Lemba.
Cap Lemba said Proflight Zambia had not only become the largest indigenous commercial air carrier in Zambia but it was gradually spreading its wings across Southern Africa, saying no private airline had developed at a faster pace in Zambia’s aviation history.
He however said the airline’s growth into a successful regional carrier had not always been smooth.
“The starting point was one five-seater Beechcraft Baron aeroplane. Today, Proflight carries over 130,000 passengers annually, with the airline operating a 50-seater Bombardier CRJ-100 jet, three 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft and two 18-seater Jetstream 32s, with nine destinations in three countries that is continually expanding,” he said.
He was speaking as Proflight Zambia commemorated 25 years in operation by reflecting on the highs and lows at the heart of the nation’s air transport industry.
He said broadening the customer base by flying to destinations off the tourist track had been key to recent growth, with the airline contributing millions of dollars to the Zambian economy each year in terms of employment generation and savings in time for business people and connecting industry and tourism in an efficient and safe way.
“We are so humbled that Proflight, a proudly Zambian airline, has continued to grow and thrive, and we are passionate about our country and fiercely proud of this airline which has, against all odds, has continued to expand and succeed, serving the aviation needs of the nation.”
Cap Lemba said Proflight had employed some of Zambia’s premier aviation experts who had played a significant role in the airline’s progress over the years.
“The secret to Proflight’s success lies in responding to the needs of our passengers while remaining true to our core principles of being safe, reliable, efficient and friendly,” he said.
The airline has also adapted to the rapidly changing world of communication technology, allowing customers to book flights and check in online.