Brand new airbus A 330-200 close to entering Air Namibia fleet

Windhoek, 02 September: Air Namibia is pleased to inform its clients and stakeholders that the much-anticipated delivery of the first of the two brand new Airbus A330-200 aircraft is scheduled for later this month, September 2013. The second A330-200 is expected to enter the national air carrier’s fleet in November 2013. The two aircraft are being leased from US-based lessor, Intrepid Aviation. The lease agreement will be for a 12-year period.

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Zdroj: Air Namibia

The A330s will be used primarily on Air Namibia’s long haul route, between Windhoek and Frankfurt. The Airbus A330-200 aircraft is an economically efficient aircraft that is popular with airlines around the world. It has been deemed as ideal for Air Namibia as the airline continues to explore ways of reducing its operation costs.

It has been estimated that with the introduction of the two A330-200 aircraft, Air Namibia will realise a saving of up to a whopping N$510 million over 60 months on operating costs alone (N$8.5 million per month).“The fleet upgrade ties in with our network expansion and frequency increase plans, using aircraft which are having a combination of low operating costs, high efficiency, flexibility, customer appeal and optimized performance,” says Air Namibia Head of Corporate Communications Paulus Homateni Nakawa.

The A330s 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 beds (180 degrees flat), while all seats in the aircraft including economy class will have “video/audio on demand” with individual monitors for each passenger.

Air Namibia’s on-board products (seats and inflight entertainment) will also improve significantly with the introduction of the Airbus A330-200 planes, and will contribute to meeting customer needs more optimally.

Air Namibia currently uses two Airbus A340-300 aircraft on the Windhoek-Frankfurt route, whose lease agreement expires in October, 2013. The new A330-200 aircraft have been built and configured in line with Air Namibia requirements and standards.

“From the range of aircraft types available, the A330-200 was found to be the most suited for our operations and conditions, given lower operating cost, high dispatch reliability, flexibility and appeal to customers,” says Air Namibia General Manager for Commercial Services, Xavier Masule.

The Airbus A330-200 offers about 20% lower cost compared to the A340-300, given its;

Lower Maximum Take Off Weight of 230,000 kg compared to 257,000 kg of the A340-300, meaning lower landing fees, navigation charges,
Lower fuel burn: Two engines compared to four engines that consumes fuel
Lower maintenance costs (two engines to maintain vs. four)
Fleet commonality benefits – easy migration from A340-300, and commonality with regional A319-100 means lower crew training costs and
Right sized cabin with 244 seats vs. 278 seats (our current passenger load per year is average 220 passengers per flight)

Other added features of the A330-200 in business class of the A330-200 include;

Inflight Entertainment screens in back of seat in front, video on demand with games (also in economy class)
Rising armrests that form individual privacy screens
Water bottle and general stowage
Shoe stowage and literature pocket
PC power, headphone port, and USB data port

Issued by:
Paulus Homateni Nakawa
Head: Corporate Communications
Tel.: +264 61 299 6298/6216/6215
E-Mail: Paulus.Nakawa@airnamibia.aero

About Air Namibia (Pty) Limited
Air Namibia, Namibia’s national airline, operates scheduled flights and carries cargo (freights) on domestic, regional and intercontinental flights. The airline was founded in 1947 as South West Air Transport, which later changed to South West Airways. In 1992, the airline’s name was changed to Air Namibia. The mandate of Air Namibia is to be a major contributor towards the attraction and promotion of tourism to Namibia by providing air transport services between Namibia and other countries, as well as by operating flights within the boundaries of Namibia. The airline is positioned as a niche carrier serving domestic points within Namibia, the immediate regional markets of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Points beyond (Asia, USA, Middle East and Europe) are serviced in conjunction with partner airlines via our gateways: Frankfurt, Accra, Johannesburg and Lusaka.

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