330lover From Belgium, joined Jul 2008, 635 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3586 times:
Air Namibia will lease 2 new A330-200 to replace their current 340-300 on the FRA-WDH route.
Nice to see them update the fleet. A new business class is also on the way.
Full article, received by mail from SW:
Air Namibia leases two brand new A330-200 for Frankfurt – Windhoek route
Modernization of fleet nearly finished
New aircrafts with modern comfort and design to operate from October 2013 onwards
06 August 2012
Air Namibia has signed a leasing agreement for two brand new A330-200. The new aircrafts will operate the established Frankfurt-Windhoek route and are the last step in Air Namibia’s fleet modernization programme. Through the lease the carrier is about to operate its long-haul destinations with modern and state-of-the-art equipment in future.
With great pride, Air Namibia announces the signature of a leasing contract for two brand new Airbus A330-200. The equipments will be delivered in October 2013 to replace the current Airbus A340-400 aircrafts.
The A330-200 will operate the established long-haul service between Frankfurt and Windhoek. They will be equipped with a modern interior to ensure utmost comfort for passengers. 30 seats in Business Class and 214 seats in Economy Class are available. Especially the Business Class inspires with a new design: Lie-flat-beds and Inseat-Entertainment make the overnight flights an even more relaxing experience. Economy Class features also include the new Inseat-Entertainment for a pleasant stay on board.
The replacement of the current long-haul equipment marks the last step of Air Namibia’s comprehensive fleet modernization. The first stage started with the
upgrade of regional equipment in 2011, when the Beechcraft B1900 series was replaced by four modern, leased Embraer ERJ 135. Also, two new Airbus A319-100 started operations in October 2011. Two further aircrafts of this type are currently manufactured and will be probably delivered in November and December 2012. These brand new aircrafts will be used for the regional services from Windhoek to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lusaka and Luanda.
The operation of the two new A330 does not only mean a higher efficiency and cost reduction, but also improves the comfort level on board. Air Namibia puts a modern and young fleet into focus. Especially the A330 aircrafts have an excellent reputation in the industry.
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kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8722 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3542 times:
I love this bit from the release
Quoting 330lover (Thread starter): With great pride, Air Namibia announces the signature of a leasing contract for two brand new Airbus A330-200. The equipments will be delivered in October 2013 to replace the current Airbus A340-400 aircrafts.
A special model A340 that only SW know about?
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jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8914 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
Quoting 330lover (Reply 2): Don't you know? -400 means: features very old business class seats with often malfunctionning tv-screens
Except in 747's case off course...
Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 1): With great pride, Air Namibia announces the signature of a leasing contract for two brand new Airbus A330-200. The equipments will be delivered in October 2013 to replace the current Airbus A340-400 aircrafts.
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10253 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2835 times:
Nice to read SW going for brandnew longhaul aircraft!!! To my knowledge this is the first time they will be getting brandnew longhaul aircraft. I assume they are doing well financially? Do they have a lot of competition on all the routes they fly or do they have the monopoly on all their routes? Their FRA route must be the most lucrative route for them, is that correct? Good luck to them.