Air Zimbabwe debt remains unpaid

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A Boeing 767 belonging to Air Zimbabwe remains impounded at London Gatwick airport after the carrier again failed to settle a $1.5 million debt with US spare parts provider American General Supplies (AGS).

The aircraft, reported to be Z-WPE, one of two 767s owned by Air Zimbabwe, has been at the London airport since it was seized on Monday 12 December.

Ken Connors, marketing director at AGS, said although it had received notification that Air Zimbabwe was intending to pay the outstanding money, the carrier was delaying transferring the funds until 19 December.

As a result, said Connors, "we are not going to give up the aircraft until we have been paid".

If the dispute is not resolved on that date, AGS will "evaluate its position", he said.

Relations between the two parties remain "amicable", added Connors, who said there is no barrier to them continuing their almost 30-year business relationship, providing the debt is settled.

Additionally the carrier has suspended flights to South Africa until debts with a ground handling business in that country are paid off, according to reports in the Zimbabwean Herald newspaper.

Air Zimbabwe was not immediately available to comment.