Malawi Airlines Upgrades Fleet: Replaces Q400 with B737-700
, based in Lilongwe, is planning to expand its flights to Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda. They recently got a larger B737-700 plane from Ethiopian Airlines, which has 116 economy seats and 2 business seats. This new plane will help them meet the growing demand for flights and support their plans to fly to more destinations.
According to Charles Ngambi, the airline's commercial manager, they will soon be offering flights to Pemba, MZ, and Nampula in Mozambique; Kigali in Rwanda; Entebbe/Kampala in Uganda, and an additional evening flight to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo in South Africa.
Malawi Airlines has replaced the DHC-8-Q400 (ET-AQB) with the B737-700 (ET-AVP), and the DHC-8-Q400 has been returned to Ethiopian Airlines. They also operate a larger B737-800 (ET-APO), which has 154 seats and is used for high-demand regional routes, such as Blantyre, Lilongwe, Johannesburg, and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta in Kenya. The B737-800 was introduced in December 2022 and replaced a previous B737-700 that was sourced from Ethiopian Airlines.
Malawi Airlines is a joint venture national airline with the Malawi government holding a 51% stake and Ethiopian Airlines holding a 49% stake. It was granted its air operator's certificate (AOC) on January 3, 2014. This new airline replaced the previously state-owned Air Malawi, which ceased operations in 2013 after 49 years in business.