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BP (Air Botswana) GBE-HRE and FN (FastJet Zimbabwe) HRE-VFA

BP (Air Botswana) GBE-HRE and FN (FastJet Zimbabwe) HRE-VFA

Old Jun 12, 16, 10:06 pm
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BP (Air Botswana) GBE-HRE and FN (FastJet Zimbabwe) HRE-VFA

I don't usually put together trip reports, but I hope this report is useful for those traveling around Africa, and on these less commonly reported airlines. This report is mainly informative, there's nothing luxurious, adventurous, or suspenseful in this report (if that's what you're looking for). I hope those who read it will enjoy and find it useful.

Trip starts in Gaborone, Botswana on Air Botswana to Harare, Zimbabwe. This is a tiny airline with only ATR and Avro in its fleet.

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GBE-HRE

ATR42
Dep: 1430 (original) 1630 (change, was notified 2 weeks ahead)
Arr: 1640 (original) 1820 (new)

Check-in and Departure Hall



Elephant made of ivory


Gate Area


FIDS


Nthula Lounge (Priority Pass Lounge). Air Botswana also has its own Pula Lounge (didn't take a pic)




Air Botswana ATR42





Take-off





In the air


Inflight Magazine


Snack Box, along with complementary drinks, beer, and wine


Landing was dark, and nothing around HRE.

On the ground at HRE, with EK 777 pushing back to LUN then DXB.



That's the end of the 1st segment.
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Old Jun 12, 16, 10:29 pm
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FN (Fastjet Zimbabwe) HRE-VFA

The 2nd segment is Harare, Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Fastjet Zimbabwe. This airline only has 1 plane, A319 in its fleet. Although the larger company (Fastjet Tanzania) has a few more.

FN8001
HRE-VFA

Airbus A319
Dep: 1120
Arr: 1230

Harare Airport (International Terminal)


Harare Airport (Domestic Terminal)


Departure Hall


Gate Area. There's a lounge at the back, but not Priority Pass, and not really sure who has access.


I was quite excited to see this Air Zimbabwe MA60 (made by Avic, Chinese manufacturer) . Very rare to see one of these, since they're not certified by the FAA or EASA. This plane was also headed to VFA, departing 20min before my flight.



My plane, just arriving from DAR. This plane is also named "Cecil the Lion".


Boarding






Take-off



In flight magazine and BoB menu


In the air


The plane's previous Indian owner.


Landing, the plane flew past the Victoria Falls.




On the ground



The plane I just saw an hour ago


VFA Airport



I found both airlines perfectly fine. Air Botswana used a local cockpit crew, with a female pilot. Fastjet cockpit crew were foreigners, I believe one British and one Italian pilot. Both airlines were friendly and very professional. I hope this report is informative and helps anyone who's planning a trip to the area.
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Old Jun 13, 16, 2:38 am
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The ivory elephant sculpture looks very cool. And the control tower at HRE!

I was reading once about how Air Botswana lost its entire fleet after a suicidal pilot destroyed all three of their ATR's!
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Old Jun 13, 16, 4:23 am
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Really not the usual Airlines! Thanks for sharing^
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A vote for one of the most unique TR's of the year - and a great one!
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Old Jun 13, 16, 10:38 am
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Originally Posted by VH-RMD View Post
A vote for one of the most unique TR's of the year - and a great one!
+1. Thanks for sharing ^^
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Old Jun 13, 16, 5:44 pm
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Wow.. so they let another airline to compete with Air Zimbabwe

Somehow I am not surprised you have not chosen to fly with UM
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Thanks for sharing! The boarding area at GBE looks very nice, I'm a fan of the open gate areas,
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Thanks for an informative TR!
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Thank you for sharing. Realy nice TR.
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Old Jun 23, 16, 8:45 pm
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Nice to see a trip report from airlines rarely represented here, thank you for posting it!

Incidentally, I flew Air Botswana in 2000 when they were using leased aircraft due to the destruction of their fleet by a mad pilot. Nice to see they're still around.
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I just looooove the Biltong (beef jerky) that Air Bots serves as a snack. Thanks for the TR. Been looking at FastJet as an option to VFA.
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