Friday, June 21, 2013

► NAMIBIA: Air Namibia commits to Intrepid Aviation for two A330s due in September and November.

Air NamibiaAir Namibia (SW) has announced its planned delivery schedule for its two new Airbus A330-200 aircraft, set to replace its ageing fleet of Airbus A340-300s on its Windhoek - Frankfurt, Germany route.

Air NamibiaThe first aircraft is expected to arrive in September 2013 with the second due in November 2013. The two A330-200 planes will be leased from US-based leasors, Intrepid Aviation, in an apparent about turn on previous reports that the Namibian government had allegedly tried to back out of the deal.

Mr. Michael Ngapurue, the Acting Managing Director of Air Namibia said:
The Airbus A330-200 aircraft is ideal for Air Namibia’s operation and continues to be an economically efficient aircraft for airlines around the world. The two aircraft will be used primarily on Air Namibia’s long haul route, between Windhoek and Frankfurt. Air Namibia‘s on-board hard‘ product (seats and Inflight Entertainment System) will improve significantly with the introduction of these planes, and will contribute to meeting customer needs more optimally, while giving Air Namibia lower cost operating cost advantages.
The A330-200 planes will come in a seat configuration of 244 seats, of which 30 are in business class and 214 in the economy class. Business Class seats will be full flat, while all seats in the aircraft including economy class will have “video/audio on demand” with individual monitors for each passenger.

The first A330 operated daily flights to Frankfurt will begin on October 1.