Welcome on Board Proflight
Dear Esteemed Customers,
Welcome aboard our flight. Whether you are a leisure or business traveler, we are delighted to serve you. I want to reflect on some key milestones in 2023, our 32nd year of operation, by looking at the exciting new developments as we continue our expansion and innovation drive at Proflight Zambia.
The first half of the year saw the maiden voyage of our Lusaka/Mansa flights, which began as biweekly flights, now operating daily; the recommencement of our Lusaka/Durban direct flights twice weekly; and an expansion of our Lusaka/Joburg service to three times daily.
We took delivery of an additional Jetstream 41 in July of this year, increasing the capacity of our domestic network.
On 1 July 2023, we commenced direct flights to Cape Town, South Africa. We began operating this route with a Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, flying between Lusaka and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) twice a week. The flights will cater to the increasing demand for travel between Zambia and South Africa. This route is becoming immensely popular, and we have plans to provide increased frequency on this exciting route.
Then Proflight Zambia and the local aviation sector had an exciting month of September, as we successfully received two additional Bombardier CRJ aircraft, bringing our total to five. A parcel freighter arrived first, followed by the arrival of our fourth passenger CRJ aircraft a few days later. The two aircraft are an invaluable addition to our airline’s growing fleet. Our ongoing expansion initiatives demonstrate our commitment to contributing to the growth of the local aviation sector. These two additional aircraft represent a significant milestone in our evolution, as we promise expanded passenger capacity and improved freight options locally and regionally.
Both aircraft commenced their journey from Calgary, Canada. The ferry route was from Calgary to Goose Bay on the East Coast of Canada, then across the North Atlantic to Keflavik, Iceland. Thereafter to Ljubljana, Slovenia, before departing for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Nairobi, Kenya. The final leg was into Lusaka, Zambia, at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. We will begin our dedicated cargo operations in November this year by deploying our new CRJ100 parcel freighter jet, which is geared to provide efficient cargo solutions.
While we are very excited to be flying to Cape Town, we never lose sight of the fact that we remain predominantly a domestic airline. We have been impressed by the demand on the Mansa route and now serve this route daily. There are plans to add Lusaka/Kasama to our domestic network as soon as Zambia Airports Corporation publishes the instrument approach procedures, and we hope this will happen before the end of 2023.
As we approach the Christmas holidays, from our Proflight Zambia family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season surrounded by love, family, and friends. We wish you peace, good health, and good tidings ahead of an exhilarating year for our airline and nation in 2024.
Thank you for choosing Proflight Zambia as your carrier of choice. Your continued support is appreciated. We hope to see you on board again soon.
Captain Josias Walubita,
Director Flight Operations