Air Namibia to add Airbus A330s to fleet
Windhoek – Air Namibia will receive the first of two brand new Airbus A330-200 aircrafts later this month.
The second will enter the national air carrier’s fleet in November 2013, the national airline has announced.
The two aircrafts will be leased from US-based lessor, Intrepid Aviation for a 12-year period.
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.
Air Namibia continues to explore ways of reducing its operational costs and with the introduction of the two A330-200 aircrafts, the national carrier could realise a saving of up to R510 million over 60 months on operating costs alone. A saving of up to R8.5 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 optimised performance,” says Air Namibia Head of Corporate Communications, Paulus 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 aircrafts on the Windhoek-Frankfurt route, whose lease agreements expire next month.
The new A330-200 aircraft has 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.
Airbus A330-200 is said to offer about 20 percent 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.
Its two engines mean Airbus A330-200 is fuel efficient and cheaper on maintenance compared to four engines of A340-300.