Air Namibia’s new planes

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According to AllAfrica.com, Namibia’s flag carrier will retire its old Airbus A340-300 plane and receive the first of two Airbus A330-200s at the end of the month. The second aircraft should arrive in November.

Air Namibia is leasing two brand new A330s, which are expected to reduce costs and boost revenue.

“This decision fits well with our efforts to continually strive to improve operational efficiency, as we align the services of the airline with the needs of the market, match and exceed competitor offerings, and achieve acceptable financial performance with the resources that are available to us and which we strive towards at all times,” said Paulus Nakawa, Air Namibia’s head of corporate communications.

The new planes are fitted with 30 Business Class seats and 214 Economy Class seats, for a total of 244 seats. The soon to be phased out A340s have 278 seats in total, comprising 32 in Business and 246 in Economy.

The airline said that while larger aircraft have a lower cost per seat, all the seats must be sold for this low-cost benefit to be realised. The current average passenger load per year on the Windhoek-Frankfurt route is 220 passengers, meaning that full value of the cost per seat is not being realised as some seats go unoccupied.

The Airbus A330-200 is said to be a more flexible aircraft for new routes, while also offering modern and mature aviation technology.

“The new Airbus A330-200s will break the long history of Air Namibia operating quad powered aircraft (four engines) with twin-powered aircraft on its long-haul operations between Namibia and Europe. These planes come with improved operating technologies which offer way much better savings on operating costs,” Nakawa said.