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Air Namibia Gets B747-300?!

Thu May 20, 2004 7:01 pm

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.)

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RE: Air Namibia Gets B747-300?!

Thu May 20, 2004 7:13 pm

According to Namibian press it has been sold to a private individual
in the United Arab Emirates and will fly to Frankfurt on 15 June as the
last revenue flight for Air Namibia

Hope this helps!
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RE: Air Namibia Gets B747-300?!

Thu May 20, 2004 7:27 pm

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??

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RE: Air Namibia Gets B747-300?!

Thu May 20, 2004 7:56 pm

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?

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RE: Air Namibia Gets B747-300?!

Fri May 21, 2004 8:12 pm

All SAA 743s are all pax, SAA scrapped combi configuration after the Helderberg disaster in 1987 (they only had 2 anyway)

I saw all the 743s parked at JNB yesterday, including Ndizani, looking very forlorn  Sad

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RE: Air Namibia Gets B747-300?!

Fri May 21, 2004 8:40 pm

Well, Swissair would have had some 743 combis. If not mistaken, some of them are still in the desert. Well, I'm happy that I was able to fly "Welwitschia" last month.

But I still have to ask my self, why it would make sense to get rid of a 744 and replace it with a 743 ...
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RE: Air Namibia Gets B747-300?!

Fri May 21, 2004 9:04 pm

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.

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