Proflight Zambia

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Proflight Zambia
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IATA ICAO Callsign
P0 PFZ PROFLIGHT-ZAMBIA
Founded1991
HubsLusaka International Airport
Frequent-flyer programMbasela Club
Fleet size17
Destinations11
Company sloganJust Plane Smart
HeadquartersLusaka, Zambia
Key peopleTony Irwin (Founder & CEO)
Websiteflyzambia.com

Proflight Zambia, a trading name of Proflight Commuter Services Ltd,[1] is an airline based in Lusaka, Zambia that serves the business community and tourism industry. Following the demise of Zambia’s two national carriers Zambian Airways and Zambezi Airlines, Proflight Zambia now operates the largest fleet of aircraft in Zambia,[2] operating both scheduled and charter flights.

History

Proflight Air Services was founded in 1991 by ex-Zambia Airways pilot Tony Irwin. He began by operating charters within Zambia and the region. In 1997, he obtained his first license to operate schedules to Mfuwe.[3]

In 2004 Proflight Air Services attracted new investors and formed Proflight Commuter Services which began scheduled services to the Copperbelt, Luangwa Valley, Victoria Falls and Lower Zambezi.[3]

On 30 June 2009 the airline was authorized by the Zambia Competition Commission to form an alliance with Zambezi Airlines.[4] The airline was officially rebranded as Proflight Zambia in 2010.

In March 2013 Proflight took delivery of its first jet aircraft, a Boeing 737-200, and later in 2013 began regional scheduled service to Lilongwe, Malawi, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,[3][5] although the Boeing was returned to the lessor, Star Air Cargo, in 2014.

In March 2015, Proflight Zambia and Rwandair signed a codeshare agreement on the Lusaka - Johannesburg route with Rwandair as the operating carrier and Proflight Zambia as the Marketing carrier.[6]

Corporate affairs

Business trends

Financial and other business figures for Proflight Zambia are not generally available, as the company is privately owned. In the absence of these, some information has been made available, usually in the press, as shown below:

A Proflight Zambia BAe Jetstream 41, at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, Ndola, in 2013
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Turnover (ZMW)
Profits (ZMW)
Number of employees (at year end) 160 181 200
Number of passengers (scheduled flights) (000s) 93 100 136 130
Passenger load factor (%)
Number of aircraft - scheduled fleet (at year end) 16 8 8
Number of aircraft - charter fleet (at year end) 9
Notes/sources [7] [8] [9] [10]

Head office

Proflight Zambia has its headquarters at 13396 Kamloops Avenue (Munali Roundabout), in Lusaka. It relocated there in August 2014. [11][12]

Destinations

Base
Future
Terminated/Suspended
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Chipata  Zambia CIP FLCP Chipata Airport [13]
Durban Template:RSA DUR FALE King Shaka International Airport [14]
Kasama  Zambia KAA FLKS Kasama Airport [13]
Lilongwe Template:MWI LLW FWKI Lilongwe Airport [13]
Livingstone  Zambia LVI FLBA Livingstone Airport [15]
Lusaka  Zambia LUN FLLS Lusaka International Airport [13][16]
Mfuwe  Zambia MFU FLMF Mfuwe Airport [15][16]
Mongu  Zambia MNG FLMG Mongu Airport [17]
Ndola  Zambia NLA FLND Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport [13][16]
Solwezi  Zambia SLI FLSW Solwezi Airport [13]

Fleet

The Proflight Zambia fleet includes the following aircraft:

A Proflight Zambia BAe Jetstream 32, pictured at Livingstone in 2013
Proflight Zambia Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Scheduled Fleet
Cessna 208 Caravan 2 - 12 [18]
British Aerospace Jetstream 32 2 18 [18]
British Aerospace Jetstream 41 3 29 [18]
Bombardier CRJ200 1 50 [18]
Charter Fleet
Beechcraft Baron 2 5 [19]
Britten-Norman Islander 2 9 [19]
Cessna 401/402 3 7 [19]
Cessna 208 Caravan 2 12 [19]
Total 17 0

References

  1. "Terms & Conditions". Proflight-zambia.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Proflight Zambia continues to succeed". VictoriaFalls24. Retrieved 2013-10-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "About Us". |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Mwale, Cynthia (2005). "ZCC approves Zambezi Airlines, Proflight alliance". Retrieved 20 July 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. [1]
  6. Rwandair and Proflight Zambia to codeshare
  7. "Zambia: Proflight to Aquire [sic] New Planes". All Africa.com. Retrieved 26 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Pro flight welcomes 100,000th passenger". The Supreme Times. Retrieved 26 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Proflight Zambia flies around the world every week". eTurboNews. Retrieved 6 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Proflight flys into Kafue National Park". Zambia Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "[2]." Proflight Zambia. Retrieved on 25 August 2015.
  12. "[3]." eTurboNews. Retrieved on 25 August 2015.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 "Proflight Zambia Schedule Flights 1" (PDF). |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. http://www.eturbonews.com/63178/zambia-durban-now-direct-proflight
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Proflight Zambia Schedule Flights" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2012. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "About Us". |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. http://ukzambians.co.uk/home/2013/11/27/proflight-zambia-launches-mongu-route/
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 "Scheduled Fleet". |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 "Charter Fleet". |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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