An aircraft can be judged by many things – how fast it flies or how spacious its seats are – but it’s not often given a thumbs-up for being cute. The ERJ 145 is different.
The Brazilian-made plane seats just 50 people and can travel only 2,500 kilometres. It’s a baby but it’s an efficient one and Air Zimbabwe can now call some of them their own.
The airline, grounded between 2011 and earlier this year ,is flying regular routes internally in Zimbabwe and to South Africa. We used it to get to Harare for the two-Test series against Pakistan and I reviewed the service in my tour diary for ESPNcricinfo.
One of the excitements of touring Zimbabwe occurs long before one arrives in the country. Getting there is an experience on its own. While Harare is as much a capital city as London or Mumbai, it cannot be reached as seamlessly, even from right next door.
Most Zimbabweans who travel between South Africa and their home do so on the road. The queue at the Beit Bridge border can snake for kilometers, and having ticked if off my list during a long bus journey to Bulawayo two years ago, I decided I’d prefer not to go that route again.
To find out how the flight went, follow this link.