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Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 4:10 am

According to the justplane.com news from Friday, Air Namibia is planning to lease out its 747-400 Combi. To replace the aircraft Air Namibia is negotiating with several airlines about the joint operation of 2 aircraft on routes to and from Windhoek.

Lucky me, I flew yesterday with Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi from FRA to LHR and back.
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RE: Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 4:23 am

I´ve heard that South-African Airlink has aquired a 40%stake in SW, however I can´t tell if this is true. For SW Cargo is extremly important thus I just can´t see them getting the ex-SAA B747SP again. More likely that they will get two A330-200 or A340-200/300 currently being on the market, should fit them more. Anything bigger is awaste of money.

Has anyone news about their 328JET order? So far none has been delievered as far as I know, lately I´ve heard that they have canned the order, then a conflicting report saying that they will get only one. And what about the two B737-700 they wanted to lease from Safair?

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RE: Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 4:40 am

While on the subject of Air Namibia, do they still plan on starting up flights to the US? Particularly MIA and IAH.
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RE: Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 6:15 am

Thanks for your replies, guys!

Flying Tiger, I agree with you. Cargo is very important for SW, yesterday I saw that a lot of cargo was load up in the plane in FRA as well as in LHR. In my opinion is a combi plane the ideal choice for SW but the 747 is definitive to big because it was quite empty on the FRA-LHR-FRA route, especialy in C and F class.

Mah4546, I don`t know if SW is planning to start up flights to the US. I would say that flights to the US wouldn`t make economical sense for SW because SA serves already the South African area from ATL, FLL, and JFK.

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RE: Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 6:45 am

Where else do they fly it?
 
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RE: Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 7:08 am

Thanks Sabena332. The reason I was asking was because SW recieved DOT approval to fly Windhoek-Miami-Houston about 2 years ago, but nothing surfaced form it.
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RE: Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 7:28 am

sometime ago, SW and LH already discussed the possibility of having some european SW services (don´t know exactly where they fly except of FRA and LHR) operated by LH aircraft, most probably A340s.
LH would then operate a routing such as FRA-WDH-wherever in europe-WDH-FRA.
suppose that was called off when LH ceased operations to WDH.

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RE: Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 8:12 am

Donder10: SW operates the 74M on their flights to Europe and seasonal also to CPT

Mah4546: That`s interesting. I didn`t know that SW was allowed to fly from WDH to IAH via MIA, now I know why you was asking for IAH. As I said in my post before, I can`t imagine that this flights can be sucessfully for SW because most of the tourists (Americans as well as Europeans) start their South Africa vacation at first in South Africa and not directly in Namibia.

Jonnybegoode: A long time ago, I`ve also heard that SW wanted to start up codeshare flights with LT from Germany to Namibia. Unfortunately I don`t know how the negotiations between both airlines ends.

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RE: Air Namibia`s 747-400 Combi Will Disappear

Mon Mar 18, 2002 8:42 am

Air Namibia is always good for some surprise:

Bankrupt for at least the last ten years since independence of Namibia they switch from leased 747SP to own SP to leased again, then to 767, after that to 744 and back to...?

Same is true for their strategic alliances, from LH to SAA and eventually to LTU, their only competitor on routes to Germany. Pretty confusing and expensive...

As far as I know the 328Jet was delivered already. See the complete Air Namibia fleet on

http://mitglied.lycos.de/airnamibia/home.htm

I hope this information helps!