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 started commercial services with its first Airbus aircraft in 2006 with an A340-300. The airline currently operates four A319s on regional routes, as well as two A340-300s on its flagship service from Windhoek to Frankfurt.
Copyright Photo: Airbus/P. Masclet. The pictured A330-243 V5-ANO (msn 1451) was handed over to the national carrier on September 26.
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.
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) will lease three 37-seat Embraer ERJ 135 regional jets. ECC Leasing Company Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Embraer, has arranged the lease of three ERJ 135 regional jets from the Air France subsidiary, Regional – Compagnie Aérienne Européenne, to Air Namibia. The deal was concluded in accordance with the exclusive Remarketing Mandate awarded to ECC by Air France Regional. The aircraft will replace some of the airline’s turboprops and are on schedule to be delivered in March 2011.
Fly Kumba (Harare) finally started its low-fare scheduled flights on March 18 between Bulawayo and Johannesburg with a wet-leased Boeing 737-500 from Air Namibia. The carrier had been delayed from its previously announced start-up date of November 13, 2009.