Passengers of Malawian Airlines Limited will today travel on the maiden commercial flight from Lilongwe to Johannesburg via Blantyre on a new generation 154-seater Boeing 737-800 which jetted in on Sunday at Kamuzu International Airport.
The airline, which has partnered with Ethiopian Airlines (ET) owning 49 percent stake, will also start the Lusaka and Dar es Salaam flight today on the 67-seater Bombardier Q400.
The company earlier said the introduction of the three routes coupled with the daily flight between Lilongwe and Blantyre, will compel surface travellers to begin flying on the national flag carrier than driving.
“The airline’s flagship daily service of Johannesburg will originate from Lilongwe with a stop-over in Blantyre, giving passengers the greatest choice and convenience for international connectivity to the region and the outer world,” said the airline’s public relations officer Maganizo Mazeze in a statement at the weekend.
He said this will be the first time that Lilongwe and Blantyre will have daily flights into Johannesburg, at a return fare of K263 000 VAT inclusive.
The delivery of the Boeing 737-800 completes the initial fleet of two aircraft for Malawian Airlines, which started daily service between Lilongwe and Blantyre on January 31 and three times a week to Harare, Zimbabwe.