Zim Man Breaks Record In The Aviation Industry

A Zimbabwean man, Obet Mazinyi has broken a record in the aircraft industry by becoming the first ever black captain to fly for one of the world’s top airline, Cathay Pacific.

Politician, David Coltart confirmed this on his twitter handle, “this is Zimbabwean Obet Mazinyi, the first EVER black captain to fly for Cathay Pacific- one of the world’s top airlines. Mazinyi captains the iconic 747 jumbo. Don’t let anyone tell you that Zimbabweans aren’t amazing people.”

Below is information about Obet Mazinyi taken from his interview with journalists.

 “I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe with my roots going all the way to Wedza district of Zimbabwe. Although I am from Zimbabwe, quite a large chunk of my education was in Zambia. In the mid 1960’s, my parents moved to Zambia.  I’ve been happily married to my lovely wife Persy for 29 years. My present situation is that I am a Senior instructor and examiner/Check Captain with Cathay Pacific airways on the Boeing 747-400ERF and Boeing 747-8. I have been with Cathay Pacific now for close on 26 years but a total of 31 years with Cathay group airlines including Air Hong Kong. I am based in the beautiful and vibrant city of Hong Kong.” Obet Mazinyi said.


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