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LHR-FRA With Air Namibia  
User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3153 posts, RR: 51
Posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2798 times:
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LHR-FRA with Air Namibia

On my trip wish list, flying Air Namibia's Boeing 747-400 between London-Heathrow and Frankfurt has always featured high. This weekend I finally made it a reality. Air Namibia's only European destinations are LHR, FRA and MUC and the airline combines FRA with either one of the others on its routings. Moreover, the airline has local traffic rights between LHR and FRA and a convenient Saturday night service. After flying on a BA B737-436 up from FRA and spending a couple of hours at LHR, we (a friend/colleague and I) checked in at T3 for flight SW286. Checkin was at United counters with ground services provided by Swissport. We checked in some 75 minutes before departure and were the only one passengers at checkin. As some time was still left before departure, we wandered around the long concourses of T3, which is actually discouraged. Because of the small holding rooms at the gates, passengers are supposed to wait in the central departure lounge until called to their gates for immediate boarding. Not really like a world class airport, if you ask me... When we finally arrived at the gate, only some 40-50 passengers were waiting to board the flight. The plane would only fill up later in FRA, as Namibia is a popular tourist destination for Germans. At least a considerable amount of cargo was being loaded through the side cargo door of the 744 Combi. (The aircraft had been built for Asiana, who didn't pick it up and Air Namibia bought is as a white tail, thus the correct designation of V5-NMA is Boeing 747-48E SCD). After a 30 minute delay, supposedly to ATC, boarding finally commenced and naturally didn't take very long. After a rainy day, the sun had finally won over the clouds, and we took off into a beautiful evening from runway 27R. Unfortunately, my window seat was on the right side, otherwise the short take off roll, strong climb and left turn would have allowed a great view of Heathrow and London City, so all I saw was Windsor Castle.
During the flight we took some photos of the cabin, which was decorated very nicely in beige with accents of yellow, red and blue, and the friendly cabin crew noticed and asked if we also wanted to see First and Business Class and the cockpit! No need to say we accepted the kind invitation! First is in the nose, Business in the upper deck. The aircraft appeared to be well kept, with a nice interior design, comfy seats and a generous seat pitch in coach. A small snack was served in a box along with beverages, of course the 10+ crew had little to do on this 70 minute flight. It was really fun to fly such a big, empty aircraft on a short hop. Every aspect, including safety instructions, attentiveness and professionalism of the crew was on world class level. Most of the cabin crew was African, as was the First Officer, while the pilot was white. Flying into the night, we arrived at FRA only with a short delay, touching down very smoothly. Most of the passengers continued to Windhoek and were asked to stay onboard during refuelling. Upon disembarking, we saw a much larger crowd waiting to board.
Air Namibia truly lives up to its claim "First Class World Class" and I wish the airline and beautiful country of Namibia (which I had the pleasure to visit some years ago) all the best, and I hope to be back on board one day!

I hope some photos come out well and I can upload them to a.net.

Konstantin



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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6219 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

I had read that Air Namibia was a really good airline but this trip report confirms it . Great trip report .
Chepos
Puerto Rico



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User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2525 times:


Very nice to read another Air Namibia report.
May I ask you how much Air Namibia charged you for the flight ?
Also where did you book it ?

Thanks a lot

B737-700


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

Yeah I ask the same questions as B737-700, also how long do you spend in FRA? A week isnt it until the flight returns Windhoek-FRA-LHR???

LGW


User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3153 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2510 times:
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Glad you liked the report!
Well I live in FRA. So it's convenient, but for a Londoner, well he has to stay in FRA for a week :-(
I think you can fly FRA-LHR-FRA (same day return) for DEM 230 (110 USD)!
It should be bookable through any CRS.
I'm an airline employee so my ID standby ticket for the roundtrip (BA-SW) was
about half.
Konstantin



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User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

Yes, nice report. I'm looking forward to seeing the interior pics of of the a/c.

Charles, SJ



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User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2419 times:

Whenever you fly SW, just ask for a ride in the cockpit! When we took the FRA-LHR-FRA flights last year we were allowed to stay in the cockpit during the whole flight, including taxi, take-off and landing. Great experience!

Just ask, your chance is good. But be fast, as anybody else could ask before you!


Regards
Udo


User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3153 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2418 times:
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Especially with such a light passenger load, chances are even better!
Thanks for the tip!

Konstantin



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User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3153 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2374 times:
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Some of the photos from the trip have been added now!

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Hope you like them!
Konstantin  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2359 times:

Wow, looks impressive.
Thanks Konstantin !

B737-700


User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6219 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

Great pics, my fav is the first one. I also like the colors of the pillows, they are yellow they are usually white.
Chepos
Puerto Rico



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User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3153 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
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Thanks again for the nice comments.

Please also view the photos of Thomas Fischer who joined me on the trip:


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(He obviously has a stronger flash in his camera)

Konstantin



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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Fantastic shots, and thanks a lot for your great trip report. Very entertaining indeed!

Rgds,
CP


User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6219 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

Were you guys the only two people onboard, because that flight is exytremely empty.
Chepos
Puerto Rico



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User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3153 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2325 times:
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Almost! There were about 30 paying pax, plus a dead-heading crew.
In FRA, maybe 200 pax boarded.

Konstantin



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