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A332 For Air Namibia (SW)

Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:13 am

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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RE: A332 For Air Namibia (SW)

Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:22 am

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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RE: A332 For Air Namibia (SW)

Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:39 am

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 1):
A special model A340 that only SW know about?

Don't you know? -400 means: features very old business class seats with often malfunctionning tv-screens  

Except in 747's case off course...
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RE: A332 For Air Namibia (SW)

Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:09 am

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.

A special model A340 that only SW know about?

They fly A340-300, they are ex-LH planes.
 
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RE: A332 For Air Namibia (SW)

Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:08 pm

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.

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RE: A332 For Air Namibia (SW)

Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:23 pm

c/n 1451 will be one of them
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RE: A332 For Air Namibia (SW)

Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:42 pm

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 3):
They fly A340-300, they are ex-LH planes.

We do know that, were just kidding  
Not only ex-LH by the way, but also ex-Sabena (and still carrying the very same seats as you can see on the fabric pattern).

Quoting A388 (Reply 4):
Their FRA route must be the most lucrative route for them, is that correct?

Well, it's their only one (long haul that is). They stopped Gatwick a few years back.
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