Air Namibia (Windhoek), the national airline of the Republic of Namibia, took delivery of its first A330-200 from Airbus at a ceremony in Toulouse, France on September 26. The aircraft is the first of two A330s being leased by Air Namibia from US lessor Intrepid. The airline’s A330 features a two-class cabin layout seating 244 passengers which comprises 30 business class seats and 214 economy class seats.
Air Namibia (Windhoek) is making changes. The government of the Republic of Namibia, Air Namibia’s sole shareholder, has decided to recapitalize the airline, with an equity injection in the form of two brand new Airbus A319-100 aircraft (total now four) for use on regional routes. New A319 services from Windhoek to Gaborone (three times a week) and Harare (four times a week) will commence on May 15.
The airline is also adding two Airbus A330-200s to replace the current two A340-300s which are operated on the valuable Windhoek-Frankfurt route. The first of the A330-200 aircraft is expected to enter the fleet in October 2013 and the second one is expected to enter the fleet in November 2013. These aircraft will offer 30 business class seats with full flat beds and personalized video and audio inflight entertainment, and 214 economy class seats also fitted with personalized audio/video inflight entertainment system.
However the carrier is expected to drop the Windhoek-Accra route on April 11 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A319-112 D-AVWG (msn 5366) became V5-ANM when it was handed over to the carrier. It is pictured at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) prior to the delivery.
Air Namibia (Windhoek) is currently limping through a strike by its pilots, represented by the Namibian Airline Pilots Association (NAPA). Some flights are being cancelled as the carrier continues to lose money. The airline issued the following short statement:
The NAPA industrial action is still on going. Negotiations continue, to reach an agreeable solution.
According to this report by AllAfrica the African carrier is hiring foreign pilots to maintain most of its flights. According to the union the airline is paying more for these foreign pilots than what the national pilots are asking for in the negotiations.
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Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross. Airbus A340-311 V5-NME (msn 051) awaits for its passengers at Frankfurt, bound for Windhoek.
Air Namibia(Windhoek) has announced the lease of two new Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The A330-200s will enter the fleet in October 2013, replacing the Airbus A340-300 currently in use.
The two Airbus A330-200 will be used on the flagship route between Windhoek and Frankfurt, as well as on future long haul destinations. The aircraft will be configured to Air Namibia passenger specifications and requirements, with 30 business class and 214 economy class seats, giving a total of 244 seats.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Airbus A340-311 V5-NMF (msn 047) prepares to depart from London (Gatwick).
Air Namibia (Windhoek) is planning to return to Zimbabwe after a 13-year absence. The airline will fly a Windhoek-Harare route with four roundtrips a week starting in mid May.
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Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross.
D-ABGI Airbus A319-112 Air Namibia (To Become V5-ANL), originally uploaded by elevationair.
Air Namibia (Windhoek) on October 2 launched a new route from Windhoek to Accra. The new route operates six days a week.
Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. Formerly operated by Airberlin, Airbus A319-112 D-ABGI (msn 3346) became V5-ANL with the african carrier.
Air Namibia’s regional routes in southern Africa:
Update: The first A319 entered service in September 2011. The A319 will be used on routes connecting Windhoek with Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Accra.
Air Namibia received a second A319 in late September 2011 and plans to introduce a further two aircraft by November 2012.
Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. Airberlin’s Airbus A319-112 D-ABGI (msn 3346) prepares to depart from Dublin for Paderborn in full Air Nambia markings. The new type will become V5-ANL on acceptance.
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