LGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2563 times:
Hi all, have found this :-
"Air Namibia to Use Boeing From Friday
January 16, 2003 1:40pm
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Air Namibia will resume using its Boeing 747-400 Combi on Friday while it continues seeking a partner to lease the costly aircraft.
The national airline said in a statement yesterday that the Boeing will only resume its flights for an interim period as Air Namibia is still looking for the right aircraft to serve the needs of its customers.
In a move criticised by some in the aviation industry as a poor business decision, Air Namibia grounded the Boeing in October and leased another aircraft from a Scandinavian-based company.
In the meantime Air Namibia continued to pay for the grounded Boeing, which has been a major contributor to the airline's N$1,6 billion debt.
Air Namibia's plan to lease the Boeing fell through after the national carrier failed to reach an agreement with Air Gabon.
The airline said it saved N$250 000 on a return trip to Frankfurt because the Boeing 747 is a four-engine aircraft which consumes more fuel than the twin-engine Airbus they have used recently.
The airline's Public Relations Manager Ellison Hijarunguru yesterday thanked "our flying public for their loyal support" during the past months when the Airbus 330-200 was used to service its routes to Frankfurt, Germany.
"As of January 17, the aircraft [the Boeing] will be back on its scheduled service between Windhoek and Frankfurt. It will be operated in a two-class configuration being Business and Economy," he said.
"Our Boeing 747-400 Combi at present is still in an all white colour configuration," the statement added.
Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media. (allafrica.com)
Copyright 2003. All Rights Reserved.
Financial Times Information Limited - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire"
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2540 times:
Removing the colours was rather premature then. First you make the deal, then you make costs, not the other way around.
The fleet policy of Air Namibia in the last 5 years shows a lack of professionalism. Almost 10 years 747SP, then the 763, finding it unsuitable after less than a year, leasing a SP again for one year, taking the 744 Combi afterwards (because the cargo space was needed). Now they find it too big, and even after almost a year of evaluation don´t know what would be better than the Jumbo Jet. God, they are only very few choices: A330, A340. The 777 seats to many passengers, the 763 doesn´t take enough cargo.