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Airways was the airline of the Republic of Zambia. The Zambia Airways was established in 1964 as a wholly owned affiliate of Central African Airways. Until 1967 Zambia Airways became independant from Central African Airways and bought a few BAC 1-11-207 and a few HS.748. In addition, they rented a DC-8 from Alitalia, with which connections were established from Lusaka to London.
The London flight was initially operated twice aweek with stopovers in Nairobi, Kenya, and Rome, Italy. 1975 the Boeing 707 superseded the DC-8 and the Boeing 737-200 the BAC 1-11 and was frequently used to Johannesburg and other medium-range destinations. It was the only wide-body aircraft used by Zambia Airways to open a flight via Monrovia to New York.
The first DC-10, number 348 and named "Nkwazi", was supposedly a point of great nationhood for Zambrian people. A second DC-10 was taken out by Sabena and later by Lufthansa in 1989 to fly long-haul from Lusaka to London, Frankfurt, Rome and Amsterdam and a non-stop flight a week to Bombay in collaboration with Air India.
Writer James Ferguson also reminds us of service to Belgrade and Larnaka in his Zambia Societies. It was Zambia Airways that ordered the MD-11 and rented the DC-8-61 while it waited for the MD-11 to be delivered, which never took place. It was reported that in 1992 the authorities stated that the company was in charge of its own debts and had to cover its own operational costs from its own income.
In the context of this guideline and in a deteriorating business environment, the company withdrew very quickly at home and abroad and was wound up in 1995. In 2007 it was the only Zambia air company on regular services. It is independent and derives from the privatized Mines Air Services Limited.