Impounded Air Zimbabwe 767 to be released shortly

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An Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767-200 that has been impounded at London Gatwick Airport for a week is due to be released shortly, following payment of a $1.5 million debt by the Zimbabwean government.

Washington DC-based aircraft spare parts supplier American General Supplies (AGS) arranged for the aircraft to be seized after the airline failed to keep up to date with payments for spare parts.

But AGS director of marketing Kenneth Connor told Flightglobal today that the aircraft will be released "in the next several hours" and "put immediately back into service".

He added that he is "happy the [Zimbabwean] government honoured its obligation" and is hopeful the two sides will "continue our good relationship and potentially remain partners going forward".