Category Archives: Air Botswana

Air Botswana takes delivery of its first Embraer 170

Air Botswana announced the arrival of its first Embraer 170 on social media on December 31:

Closing off 2018 with the arrival of our Embraer E-170 Jet which just touched down at SSKIA! We look forward to welcoming you on board in 2019! PULA!

The pictured Embraer ERJ 170-100LR was delivered as N734A (msn 17000318) and was officially handed over on December 29, 2018. It will become A2-ABM. The new airliner is named “Okavango”.

The Embraer also wears the new 2018 livery.

Photo: Air Botswana.

Air Botswana celebrates its 30th anniversary with a new livery

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2018

Air Botswana (Pty) Limited signed a firm order for two new ATR 72-600s. The company has taken the opportunity of the new aircraft to introduce a new livery as it celebrates 30 years of flying.

The first ATR 72-600 has been painted at Toulouse pending delivery.

The pictured F-WWEE (msn 1433) will become A2-ABK on delivery.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Botswana ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWEE (A2-ABK) (msn 1433) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 944207.

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Air Botswana signs for two ATR 72-600s

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1999

Air Botswana today signed a firm order for two ATR 72-600s. Having operated ATR -500 series aircraft since 1996, the Botswanan national flag carrier has been an ATR operator for more than 20 years and will now upgrade and restructure its fleet with the addition of the latest generation turboprop aircraft. The ATR -600 series is the market leader in the regional aviation segment with a 40% fuel burn advantage against its turboprop competitor. It is a proven route opener, having opened 150 routes in 2017 thanks to its versatility and operational efficiency.

The aircraft will be configured with a 70-seat, dual class cabin, and deliveries are scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. They are also equipped with the newest navigation aid tools. The airline currently operates a fleet of three ATR 42-500s and one ATR 72-500. With this deal, the airline will start a progressive replacement of their former turboprop fleet, adding the newest standards of comfort.

ATR estimates that there will be the need for over 3000 turboprops in the next twenty years, with more than 10% of these aircraft destined for Africa & the Middle East and foresees the creation of some 300 new routes.

Copyright Photo: The new ATR 72-600s are expected to replace the older ATRs. Air Botswana ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) A2-ABS (msn 788) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 910347.

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Air Botswana adds six new routes

Air Botswana (Gaborone) on October 28 will add six new routes:

  • Gaborone – Cape Town
  • Gaborone – Lilongwe
  • Gaborone – Blantyre
  • Gaborone – Lanseria
  • Gaborone – Nairobi
  • Maun – Victoria Falls

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

Gaborone – Cape Town

  • Tuesday / Thursday / Sunday – Departure: 07:00 Arrival: 09:15

Gaborone – Lilongwe

  • Monday – Departure: 09:30 Arrival: 13:00
  • Thursday – Departure: 09:30 Arrival: 13:00

Gaborone – Blantyre
(Via Harare)

  • Wednesday – Departure: 08:30 Arrival: 12:10

Gaborone – Lanseria

  • Wednesday / Friday – Departure: 07:20 Arrival: 08:20
  • Wednesday / Friday – Departure: 16:00 Arrival: 17:00

Gaborone – Nairobi
(Via Harare)

  • Monday / Saturday – Departure: 10:00 Arrival: 15:25

Maun – Victoria Falls

  • Tuesday / Thursday- Departure: 10:15 Arrival: 11:15
  • Saturday – Departure: 14:20 Arrival: 15:20

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 737-2T5 ZS-SGX (msn 22396) is pictured at Johannesburg.

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Air Botswana adds its first BAe RJ85, introduces a new brand promoting the destination of Botswana

Air Botswana (Gaborone) is getting ready to take delivery of its first BAe RJ85, this former Lufthansa CityLine jetliner. The airline has also taken the opportunity to introduce this new color scheme which promotes the exotic country destination of Botswana in southern Africa.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. BAe RJ85 A2-ABG (msn E2303, ex D-AVRP) is pictured being prepared for the handover at Cologne/Bonn. The new livery also includes the new “Our pride, your destination” tagline.

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