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LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun Apr 29, 2001 6:27 am

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.

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun Apr 29, 2001 12:15 pm

I had read that Air Namibia was a really good airline but this trip report confirms it . Great trip report .
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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun Apr 29, 2001 3:10 pm


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

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun Apr 29, 2001 5:45 pm

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???

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun Apr 29, 2001 7:06 pm

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.
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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Mon Apr 30, 2001 12:34 pm

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

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Wed May 02, 2001 8:47 pm

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!


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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Wed May 02, 2001 9:48 pm

Especially with such a light passenger load, chances are even better!
Thanks for the tip!

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun May 06, 2001 9:10 am

Some of the photos from the trip have been added now!

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun May 06, 2001 3:25 pm

Wow, looks impressive.
Thanks Konstantin !

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun May 06, 2001 10:25 pm

Great pics, my fav is the first one. I also like the colors of the pillows, they are yellow they are usually white.
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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Sun May 06, 2001 10:55 pm

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)

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Mon May 07, 2001 4:23 am

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

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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Mon May 07, 2001 4:32 am

Were you guys the only two people onboard, because that flight is exytremely empty.
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RE: LHR-FRA With Air Namibia

Mon May 07, 2001 6:06 pm

Almost! There were about 30 paying pax, plus a dead-heading crew.
In FRA, maybe 200 pax boarded.

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