Lusaka, 04 December 2016 – The VintageAirRally arrived safely in Zambia, as planned, on 3rd December 2016, on route from Songwe, Tanzania. The Puma Energy Zambia Aviation team did their first refuel of Aviation Gasoil in Kasama. The VintageAirRally teams were today, 4th December, welcomed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka before they put on the first air show in Zambia, in partnership with the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) for the Lusaka community.
Lusaka community members, delegates from Government, Diplomatic Corps, Puma Energy and various guests attended to celebrate and cheer VintageAirRally’s 7th country landing during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Guests had the opportunity to meet the pilots and see the vintage aircrafts up close during a funfair that was staged, ensuring a great family day out. The guest of honour was the Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Honourable Charles Banda.
The Minister mentioned that the Government has undertaken specific policy interventions especially in the Tourism sector to create economic diversification and job creation in line with the Seventh National Development Plan. He further stated that Government’s policy decision to discontinue price subsidies on Jet fuel and leave the sourcing & pricing of the commodity to the private sector was working well. “There have been no major Jet fuel shortages and the price of the product is purely market based. In this regard, we are most appreciative to PUMA Energy Zambia for keeping the Aviation sector well oiled’” Honourable Banda said.
All proceeds from this charity VintageAirRally will go to BirdLife International to help protect the African vulture, which is under threat of extinction as well as Seed Bombing, to assist with reforestation in much needed regions in Africa that have experienced serious deforestation.
“Puma Energy Zambia is delighted to be a major host of the rally. We are committed to assuring the quality and the security of our products and we are delighted to be contributing to keeping the rally running smoothly. Our role in supporting tourism in Zambia remains a critical part of our participation in such activities,” said Yahaya Yunusa, General Manager of Puma Energy Zambia.
The VintageAirRally involves aircrafts built in the 1920s and 1930s operated by experienced pilots from different corners of the globe, making their way along a 12,800km+ route across Africa from the island of Crete in Greece to Cape Town, South Africa.
The rally commenced on 12th November 2016 in Crete, Greece and the entire trip will take 35 days covering 10 countries from where it started off to Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and from Zambia will proceed to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Speech by Yahaya Yanusa, Puma Energy Zambia Plc General Manager
VintageAirRally, KKIA, Lusaka 4 December 2016
- Honourable Minister
- Excellences High Commissioners & Ambassadors
- Civil Aviation Authority
- Zambia Airports Corporation
- Zambia Air Force
- Vintage Air Rally Team
- PUMA Energy Zambia Board, Management & Staff
- Valued Customers
- Members of The Press
- Distinguished Guests
- Ladies and gentlemen
- May I simply say, all protocols observed
Good morning All.
On behalf of Puma Energy Zambia Plc, I want to thank you all for accepting our invitation to be part of this occasion where, for the first time, we are hosting the ‘Vintage Air Rally’. (Cape to Crete edition). We specifically wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Zambia Airforce and all other Government authorities for permitting this memorable event to take place.
Additionally, I would like to voice our thanks to the ‘Vintage Air Rally’ Team and all our valued customers & stakeholders, who have PUMA to be one of their core business partners by patronising the products and services that we offer.
The ‘Vintage Air Rally’ as you can see involves old aircrafts dating back to as far as the 1920’s & 30’s and operated by experienced pilots from six different continents and specific countries including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Ireland, etc. These pilots love the adventure and are participating mainly for the exitement and awareness creation.
PUMA Energy Zambia, the leading supplier of aviation fuel in Zambia, is immensely proud to be the official fuel partner of this Vintage Air Rally. To this end, our teams on ground have been and continue to be fully mobilised to assure a safe, sound and reliable fuelling operation for the Vintage Air Rally in all the areas the fuel is needed.
This epic event offers a unique opportunity for PUMA to showcase its Aviation refuelling capacity. As you all might be aware, we are present in the three main airports at Lusaka, Ndola and Livingstone, providing our valued customers with the fuel and services that they require in a seamless fashion. To service this rally in particular, we have mobilised resourses and are located at Kasama airport & Kawa at Mkushi.
We anticipate that, this rally will serve to put Zambia ‘on the map’ of such events and shore up our tourism potential for the national good.
Further, the rally is providing support to charities such as BirdLife International, Seed Bombing as well as UNICEF. It is gratifying to be part of this amazing adventure especially that it has an impact on the community.
From here, the Vintage Air Rally Team will proceed to Zimbabwe where they will be ably hosted and attended to by our colleagues PUMA Energy Zimbabwe Team.
I once again thank you all for taking time off on a Sunday morning to be part of this historic event. Please be rest assured of our safe, sound & reliable products and services wherever we operate.
Mr. Yahaya Yunusa
SOURCE: Cutting Edge PR