And no shipping. Had this process been in place in 2016, Air Zimbabwe might not have been barred from flying in Europe. The US opposed their personnel and citizens from flying with them. In April 2017, the last five planes with Airzim were deemed unfit to fly. The reason? Parts.
The economic challenges in Zimbabwe haven’t helped the national airline. And the debt Airzim owed was crippling. But the matter went from remarkably-bad to couldn’t-get-worse as they were waiting for parts to be shipped from China. However, if parts were created on the ground, in country – by an authorized and certified partner – those parts could have been installed in days.