South Africa’s 1time to jointly launch Zimbabwean LCC

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1time Holdings, the parent company of South Africa's 1time Airline, has signed a joint venture agreement with Nu-Aero to create Zimbabwe's first low-cost carrier.

Trading under the name Fresh Air, the new carrier will be launched in September with scheduled services from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls.

Under the terms of the agreement, 1time will halt its Johannesburg-Livingstone service in favour of the new Fresh Air-operated route between the two neighbouring countries.

1time's existing fleet of McDonnell Douglas aircraft will be utilised by the new company, 1time says in a statement.

"Our partnership with Fresh Air is simple," explains Blacky Komani, chief executive of 1time Airline. "We share our experience and infrastructure in the aviation industry while Fresh Air launches Zimbabwe's first low-cost carrier, with licences to operate the under-serviced domestic market and various regional routes."

Fresh Air completed its regulatory demonstration flight on 3 August, flying from Johannesburg to Harare and then on to Victoria Falls.