The introduction of Malawian Airlines Limited’s flagship Johannesburg route coupled with Lusaka and Dar es Salaam next Monday will compel surface travellers to begin flying on the national flag carrier than driving.
The company’s public relations officer, Maganizo Mazeze, said in a statement the Lilongwe-Johannesburg via Blantyre route will give passengers what he called a unique travelling experience and convenience for international connectivity to the region and the outer world.
“This is the first time that both Lilongwe and Blantyre will have daily flights into Johannesburg, one of Africa’s busiest connecting hubs to the rest of the world,” he said.
The airline, which has partnered Ethiopian Airlines (ET), began its daily flights between Lilongwe and Blantyre at the end of January and later Harare on a 78-seater Bombardier Q400 while the Johannesburg route will be served by a new generation 154-seater Boeing 737-800.
The Malawi Government has a 51 percent stake in the new airline out pf which 31 percent to be offered to Malawian individuals and companies within the next 12 months while the rest is held by it strategic partner ET.
Mazeze said Malawian Airlines will carry its tagline of ‘From the Warm Heart of Africa’ determined to market the country as the ideal tourism destination and for doing business.
“The Malawian Airlines offers world class on-ground and in-flight services and provides extremely competitive fares on the market,” he said.