Ka From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 675 posts, RR: 9 Posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2589 times:
Just read on skyliner-aviation.de that Air Namibia (SW) will lease the B747-300 ZS-SAU from SAA and fly it as V5-TST.
From early summer on until at least next year all flights which were previously operated by their B747-400 are changed to B743 according Amadeus.
Has anybody got more information on what happened with their only B744 V5-NMA?? I know they tried to sell it for some time. Did they complete a deal??
Any information is welcome.
(Sorry if it has been discussed before but a search was unsuccessful.)
Ka From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 675 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2470 times:
Thanks for the info. So they finally found a buyer after so long. I believe the lease rates for the B743 will be much more favorable that they might outweigh the higher operating costs.
As the new/old a/c is full-pax it will give Air Namibia also the ability to increase pax-numbers and market-share without operating a second a/c.
I just wonder why the B744 is still listed for sale or lease by SW on planemart.com??
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2392 times:
Is the 743 a Combi or normal full passenger version? If its a full passenger version, its an awful lot of seats for Air Namibia to fill up on its services.
Air Namibia has confused us in the past years, on several occassions it has said that the 747 (in whatever version or config) is too big for its operations, states that the A340 series would be a better fit for its flights, and then keeps going to back to the 747! Any ideas?
Qm001 From Portugal, joined Mar 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
I used to have a fair amount to do with SW, I like their management style but their decision to go bigger is just a disaster waiting to happen. There is no way that SW can sustain (Even in the summer) those kind of numbers with a 743. LH used to offer a combination flight between HRE and WDH and even then it wasn't doing that well. IMHO this was a very poor decision. I cannot believe that the economics would work in their favour doesn't matter how you look at it.
If I were SW, I would buy/lease a fleet (2/3) of 762ER's and operate LHR, AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA, CDG and MXP all on a direct basis. Maybe see AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA and LHR operation 4 x weekly each and CDG anMXP twice each with maybe a MUC thrown in once weekly.
I wish them all the best of luck.
QM001 (167 Air Malawi)
I wish there was still a flying boat service on the African Lakes!