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FORMED IN 1946 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1948. NATIONAL CARRIER. FORMERLY "SOUTHWEST AIR TRANSPORT," & "NAMIB AIR." DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 731
P O BOX 731
WINDHOEK 9000, NAMIBIA
NAMIBIA (REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1990, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 823,168 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 1.8 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS WINDHOEK, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH, GERMAN, AFRIKAANS, AND HERERO.
JULY 1994: 418 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 85 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (MT).
1ST SIX MONTHS 1994 = +12.3% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC; +6.1% PASSENGERS (PAX); +14.9% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC. 1994 = -$.74 MILLION (NET LOSS): +9.4% (RPK), 71.3% LF LOAD FACTOR; +11.3% (PAX), +16.5% (FTK).
1 747SP (JT9D-7FW), EX-SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA).
NOVEMBER 1997: ANDREAS GUIBEB, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EX-GOVERNMENT FOREIGN SERVICE, REPLACED JOHANNES GAWAXAB.
DECEMBER 1997: ALTHOUGH 1996 = -$8 MILLION, STILL CONSIDERING ORDERING 1 767-300ER, OR DC-10-30 RATHER THAN 777 OR A340 TO REPLACE ITS AGING 747SP, SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) LEASED. ALSO CONSIDERING 2ND 737-200 FOR REGIONAL ROUTES. DOES NOT PLAN TO EXTEND 747SP LEASE WHEN IT EXPIRES IN APRIL 1998. TO RETURN IT TO (SAA).
APRIL 1998: (LTU) CODE SHARE TO FRANKFURT. POSSIBLE SERVICE TO PARIS IN SEPTEMBER 1998. TO PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE (CDG), LONDON HEATHROW, & FRANKFURT.
418 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 85 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (MT)).
2ND 737-200 DELIVERY. 1 767-300ER, EX-CHALLENGE AIR CARGO (CHA), (LTU) MAINTENANCE. 767 UTILIZATION EXPECTED TO BE >15 HOURS. PLANS FOR 2ND 767 LATER IN 1998. REGIONAL NETWORK EXPANDED USING 1 727, MILLION AIR CHARTERS (MIL) WET-LEASED.
AUGUST 1998: CODE SHARE WITH COMAIR (CML) TO JOHANNESBURG &
OCTOBER 1998: 1 727-23, MILLION AIR (MIL) WET-LEASED FOR OPERATIONS TO VICTORIA FALLS, REPLACING BEECH 1900C'S.
FEBRUARY 1999: 1 737-2L9 (21686), EX-COMAIR (CML), (GEH) LEASED.
MARCH 1999: TO REPLACE ITS 767-300ER WITH A 747SP.
APRIL 1999: RESTRUCTURING COULD RESULT IN LOSS OF -150 JOBS.
418 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 85 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (MT)). SITA: WDHDZSW.
1 ORDER 747-48EBC COMBI (28551), EX-ASIANA AIRLINES (AAR). 737-2R8C (21711, 5H-MRK), AIR TANZANIA (TNZ) LEASED. 1 767-33AER (25535), RETURNED TO (AWAS) (AWW).
JUNE 1999: 1 747SP (JT9D-7FW) (21134), SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) 6 MONTH LEASED. 737-200C (21711), AIR TANZANIA (TNZ) LEASED.
OCTOBER 1999: 1 747-4EBC DELIVERY (28551, V5-NMA "WELWITSCHIA").
NOVEMBER 1999: SUBSIDIARY, KALAHARI EXPRESS STARTS SERVICE TO CAPE TOWN AND VICTORIA FALLS (F28-3000).
2ND F28, EX-ANSETT BY THE END OF 1999.
DECEMBER 1999: WEEKLY LUSAKA TO LONDON HEATHROW (747-400) OPERATES
FOR ZAMBIAN AIRWAYS (ZMB).
FEBRUARY 2000: USA SIGNS "OPEN SKIES" AGREEMENT WITH NAMIBIA.
767-300ER (PW4060) (25535) RETURNED TO (AWAS) (AWW), LEASED TO BRITANNIA AIRWAYS (BRI) GERMANY.
MARCH 2000: TOTAL MAINTENANCE SUPPORT CONTRACT TO (KLM) ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
APRIL 2000: 418 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 85 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 1 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (MT)).
MAY 2000: AFTER CONDUCTING A FLEET EVALUATION, AIR NAMIBIA (NMB) MAY BE INTERESTED IN 2ND 747-400C, AND 1 737-600.
JULY 2000: IN OCTOBER 2000, TO MUNICH (2X-WEEKLY) (INVOLVES COOPERATION DEAL WITH DEUTSCH BA (DBA) WITH THIS, & INCREASE OF FLIGHTS TO FRANKFURT TO 4X-WEEKLY, TO CONNECT WITH BERLIN, DUSSELDORF, HAMBURG, AND COLOGNE/BONN.
1999 = -$10.81 MILLION (-$18.1 MILLION): 611 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-16.6%); 52.6% LF LOAD FACTOR; 19.04 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+104.4%); 228,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+1.8%).
SEPTEMBER 2000: WINDHOEK (EROS) TO JOHANNESBURG (KALAHARI EXPRESS F28, 12X-WEEKLY). IN NOVEMBER 2000, TO MUNICH (747-400, 2X-WEEKLY). STARTS SERVICE TO ENTEBBE FROM JOHANNESBURG (737, WEEKLY) & JOHANNESBURG TO ENTEBBE TO DUBAI (747-400, WEEKLY) IN COOPERATION WITH UGANDA AIRLINES (UGA).
SOLD 737-25A (23790) TO SAFAIR (SFA) AND LEASED BACK, INCLUDING MAINTENANCE SUPPORT (V5-ANA).
OCTOBER 2000: COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT WITH COMAIR (CML) FOR SERVICE TO JOHANNESBURG. IN NOVEMBER 2000 TO BANJUL. IN 2001 TO LAGOS.
NOVEMBER 2000: 1 F28 LEASED TO GAMBIA INTERNATIONAL AIRWAYS (GAW). 1 737-2L9 (21686, V5-ANB), EX-MAERSK AIR (MRS)/COMAIR (CML), SAFAIR (SFA) LEASED.
MARCH 2001: 2000 = 419.93 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC, 1.19 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
APRIL 2001: MAIN BASE: WINDHOEK (INTERNATIONAL) AIRPORT.
JUNE 2001: LAYS OFF ALL AIR NAMIBIA (NAM) SENIOR MANAGERS INCLUDING PETER CHIKUMBA HEAD OF ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
2 ORDERS (DECEMBER 2001) FAIRCHILD DORNIER 328JETS. 1 CASA/(IPTN) CN-235 (C007, V5-CAN) FROM LUFTMEISTER AIR, SOUTH AFRICA TO DEVELOP REGIONAL OPERATIONS.
JULY 2001: 737-2L9 (21686) RETURNED TO SAFAIR (SFA).
SEPTEMBER 2001: PLANS SERVICE TO KINSHASA. POSSIBLE DEAL WITH (KLM) TO TAKE OVER MANAGEMENT OF AIR NAMIBIA (NAM).
JANUARY 2002: GERHARD DE KLERK, HEAD QUALITY ASSURANCE, EX-SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA). FRANCIS PWAPWA SENIOR MANAGER MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING. PETER CHIKUMBA MANAGING DIRECTOR & (CEO).
APRIL 2002: MAIN BASE: WINDHOEK INTERNATIONAL (WDH) AIRPORT.
HUB: WINDHOEK EROS (ERS) AIRPORT.
OWNERS: TRANSNAMIB GROUP (GOVERNMENT OWNED) (100%).
July 2002: Air Namibia (NMB)'s debts currently exceed $157.5 million.
October 2002: 1 A330-223 (362, SE-RBG), Novair (NOO) short term, wet-leased. 747-48EBC (28551) lease to Air Gabon (GBN) did not go through.
November 2002: Memo of Understanding (MOU) with ExecuJet of South Africa to sell a 40% stake.
January 2003: Air Namibia (NMB)'s parent, the Namibian government will sell a 40% stake to ExecuJet in June 2003. (NMB)'s 412 employees will have to re-apply for their jobs at the restructured (NMB). The government will gradually reduce its shares in (NMB) to 25%, to allow local empowerment companies to buy shares in (NMB). The interim management expects to complete a deal for acquiring a 747-400 Combi.
February 2003: Jesaya Nyamu Namibian Minister of Trade & Industry stated Air Namibia (NMB) is "incapable of running the industry" and suggests that the airline be taken over by Ethiopian Airlines (ETH).
March 2003: Received an additional N$400 million in the 2003 to 2004 government budget.
Returns its 747-400 to service.
July 2003: 410 employees.
2002 = -$24.35 million (-$41.29 million): 285 million (RPK) traffic (+15.7%); 33.9% LF load factor; 222,000 passengers (PAX) (+3.2%); 31.36 million (FTK) freight traffic (-58.1%).
October 2003: Is making new efforts to dispose of its 747-400 to a German company and wants to replace with 2 A340-300's for service to the UK.
April 2004: Will have (NAD) 366 million investment made by the government of Namibia, which has proposed the allocation in the national budget for the 2004 to 2005 financial year.
May 2004: Plans to replace its 747-400 with a 747-344 (22971, V5-TST), ex-South African Airways (SAA). 747-344 not taken up (NTU) because of initial problems with German regulations not being met on mandatory reinforced cockpit door. Instead, (SAA) wet-leased it for 3 months to (TAAG) Angola (ANG).
June 2004: 737-236 (21790, V5-AND), Safair (SFA) leased.
August 2004: Has sold its 747-48E (28551) to Amiri Flight (ABD) and it will be converted to a (VIP) airplane. 1 MD-11 (48484, V5-NMC), ex-Swiss International (CSR), Central Air Leasing 18 month leased until an A340-300 is delivered. Is in final talks to acquire 2 A340-300's former Sabena (SAB) for starting London route again.
April 2005: As the national airline of Namibia, Air Namibia (NMB) operates scheduled domestic, regional and international passenger and freight service from its Windhoek base.
(IATA) Code: SW - 186. (ICAO) Code: NMB - (Callsign - NAMIBIA).
Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Namibia (100%).
Alliances: (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG).
Main Base: Windhoek Hosea Kutako International (WDH) airport.
Hub: Windhoek Eros (ERS) airport.
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Luderitz; Mpacha; Ondangwa; Oranjemund; Swakopmund; Walvis Bay; & Windhoek.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Cape Town; Frankfurt; Johannesburg; Luanda; Maun; & Victoria Falls.
Plans to lease a 2nd MD-11 in July 2005 to launch Windhoek direct to London.
June 2005: 2 orders (December 2005) A340-300's, ex-Lufthansa (DLH), Avequis Aircraft Trading & Remarketing Service, 7 year leased. They will replace 2 MD-11's used on services, Windhoek to Frankfurt (4x-weekly) & London Heathrow (3x-weekly).
October 2005: Air Namibia (NMB) will discontinue service to Swakopmund at the end of the month. (NMB) currently operates 6x-weekly from Eros using a Cessna airplane.
November 2005: Air Namibia (NMB) will shortly be taking delivery of the 1st of 2 leased A340-311's. The airplane, on lease from Avequis, will replace the pair of MD-11s that were leased for an interim period since the airline sold its sole 747-400C.
June 2006: 737-236 (21805, V5-ANE), Safair (SFA) leased. Is evaluating acquisition of 3 A319-100's to replace the 737-200's it currently leases from (SFA).
August 2006: Air Namibia (NMB) will take delivery of a 2nd A340-300 in September and phase out its last MD-11.
September 2006: Air Namibia (NMB) took delivery of its 2nd A340-300. The aircraft arrived from Frankfurt and was placed into service on the Windhoek to Frankfurt route which operates 4x-weekly departing Windhoek on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Sundays and Frankfurt on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays. The other A340-300 is used for the Windhoek to London Gatwick route 3x-weekly departing Windhoek on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays and London on Wednesdays, Fridays, & Sundays.
MD-11 (48453) returned, and leased to (UPS).
October 2006: Air Namibia (NMB) will increase the frequency on its Windhoek to Luanda (Angola) route from 2x- to 3x-weekly from October 30th. In addition to current flights operated on Fridays & Sundays, (NMB) will add a Monday flight, with all 3 operated with a 737-200.
February 2007: (BCI) Aircraft Leasing of Chicago announced the purchase of 2 A340-300s on lease to Air Namibia (NMB), from a consortium of European banks. The airplanes were the 1st Airbus (EDS) wide bodies acquired by (BCI).
December 2007: (CHAMP) Cargosystems announced agreements with AeroRepublica (REU), Air Namibia (NMB), flyLAL Lithuanian Airlines (LIJ), (TESIS), and Uzbekistan Airlines (UZB) to transition the airlines to fully automated cargo systems.
June 2008: Air Namibia (NMB) found itself inconvenienced by the shut down of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines (OHK) when a 747-400 (29263, B-LFC), it was wet-leasing from the Hong Kong based carrier was impounded in Hong Kong. (NMB) had arranged the lease to cover for a scheduled maintenance check on 1 of its A340-300 airplanes. The 747-400 started flying for (NMB) on March 21st and was intended to cover all flights until the A340-300 was ready to fly again the following month. (NAM) said it had contingency plans to prevent passengers from being stranded, saying that its flights to and from Frankfurt would operate as normal.
November 2008: 737-2V5 (22531, ZS-GCU), Safair (SFA) wet-leased.
March 2009: Domestic destinations: Katima Mulilo; Luderitz; Mpacha; Ondangwa; Oranjemund; & Walvis Bay.
Regional destinations: Angola: Luanda; Botswana: Maun; South Africa: Cape Town; & Johannesburg; Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls.
International destinations: Germany: Frankfurt; United Kingdom: London Gatwick.
July 2010: As soccer fans all across the globe anxiously awaited their favorite teams to arrive at the 2010 (FIFA) Soccer World Cup, officials of the Namibian Directorate of Civil Aviation (NDCA) in the Republic of Namibia were anticipating a different monumental occasion, they were preparing to launch the world’s largest next-generation multi-lateration and (ADS-B) surveillance system by (ERA).
With no radar systems in place, air traffic controllers in Namibia, a nation spanning > 825,000 complex square km, relied on procedural separation methods for all air traffic overflying the country. Due to rising air traffic over the past decade and safety as well as fuel-efficiency concerns, the (NDCA) knew that they had to modernize their air traffic management surveillance infrastructure. However, with the imminent 2010 World Cup taking place in neighboring South Africa, time was not a luxury that the (NDCA) could afford.
The idea of installing a complete secondary radar infrastructure from scratch was not only daunting, but not economically viable. And due to the nation’s mountainous terrain, the number of radar installations required to cover the entire region would have been substantial. More importantly, the (NDCA) recognized that installing secondary radars would only serve as a temporary solution, since it was very well-understood that (ADS-B) would become air traffic management’s eventual global modus operandi. Fortunately, the (NDCA) discovered that secondary radar was not the only technology capable of providing their nation with complete surveillance coverage. In fact, they could attain surveillance that was more accurate, provided greater update rates and better coverage and improved reliability when compared to secondary radar, and do so at much lower acquisition cost and with far lower maintenance and life cycle costs. Moreover, this technology also would be capable of monitoring both airplanes with today’s Mode A/C/S transponders as well as those equipped with and transitioning to the new global standard of (ADS-B).
Armed with this information, the (NDCA) made the decision to install (ERA)’s multi-lateration and the (ADS-B) surveillance solution, (MSS).
(ERA)’s solution consists of a network of 36 (MSS) ground stations that provide optimal surveillance coverage of the entire country. The location for each (ERA) ground station was selected to allow as little cost and as minimal a disruption to Namibia’s landscape as possible. (ERA)’s sensors are also built to (IP-67) standards to handle all that the Namibian climate has to offer. As a result of flight tests comprising over 48 hours of flight time traversing the entire Namibia landscape, (ERA)’s strategically placed ground stations offer 100% (ADS-B) coverage; 99.9% of probability of detection for Mode A/C and Mode S equipped airplanes; and horizontal position accuracy that is less than 80m for both Mode AC and Mode-S equipped airplanes.
As the system’s site acceptance tests come to an end, air traffic controllers in Namibia are already experiencing the safety and efficiency benefits provided by the system. They can now accurately and precisely determine where all air traffic in the Namibian airspace is and are realizing that the next era in air traffic management is already upon them. While the outcome of the World Cup has yet to be determined, it is clear that Namibia has certainly scored a major air traffic management goal by fully deploying the world’s largest next-generation surveillance solution and positioning their country’s air traffic management technology within the emerging (ADS-B) standards of the millennium.
August 2010: A319-111 BH Air (BGH) wet-leased.
January 2011: Air Namibia (NMB) acquired 3 Embraer ERJ-135s and expects delivery on February 14, April 14 and June 3, respectively. It will use the new 37-seat airplanes to replace older 19-seat Beechcraft 1900Ds on regional routes between Windhoek, Maun, and Victoria Falls and all domestic routes within Namibia. After June 3, (NAM)'s fleet will consist of 2 A340s, 4 737s and 3 Embraer ERJ-135s. (ECC) Leasing arranged the lease of these 3 Embraer ERJ-135s operated by Air France (AFA) subsidiary Regional to Air Namibia (NMB).
February 2011: Embraer ERJ-135 (145243, V5-ANF), (ECC) Leasing leased, ex-(F-GOHC), ex-Air France Regional.
June 2011: Lufthansa Systems (LHS) was selected by Air Namibia (NMB) to supply myIDTravel, the integrated (ID) travel management solution for staff travel.
January 2012: 9 African airlines have come together to purchase airplane fuel jointly, a move the carriers believe will increase their leverage and raise the value and quality of fuel being procured.
According to the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the 9 airlines participating in the program include Kenya Airways (KEN), Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), Air Malawi (AML), Air Namibia (NMB), Air Seychelles (ASY), (LAM) Mozambique Airlines, Precision Air (PRT), Rwandair (RWA) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG).
The (AFRAA), which said more of its 32 members could join the program in the future, stated that the joint fuel buying project "is aimed at attaining better and stable unit price of fuel for the participating airlines, assuring quality of the product and supply reliability whilst the relevant fuel suppliers will benefit from higher fuel volumes purchased by airlines. Other areas of focus include addressing the incidents of high taxes, charges and fees levied on fuel, especially in African airports, and lobbying stakeholders for the elimination of monopoly fuel suppliers at some airports."
The carriers will purchase about 700 million liters of fuel in aggregate annually valued at about $1.5 billion. Fuel purchasing contracts for this year have already been jointly negotiated by the 9 carriers, the (AFRAA) said. While negotiations are being conducted by the carriers on a joint basis, fuel contracting will still be done by individual airlines.
"The contracts implementation dates will vary, with some airlines starting to purchase fuel under the [jointly] negotiated terms in February 2012," the (AFRAA) stated. "All contracts will, however, end in December 2012 and [be] replaced by new contracts for a full calendar year in 2013 and subsequent years following another bidding, evaluation, negotiation and awarding process to be carried out [jointly by the carriers] during the course of this year."
3 years after Thales (THL) signed the contract with the Namibian Directorate of Civil Aviation (NDCA), the country’s new air traffic control (ATC) center has now entered operational service. The inauguration ceremony on December 7, 2011 at Windhoek was attended by His Excellency Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba President of the Republic of Namibia.
Under this contract, (THL) supplied the latest version of its Eurocat system, which fuses data from co-mounted (THL) primary and secondary radars at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport, as well as from (WAM) stations supplied by (ERA). Eurocat also incorporates flight plan and (ADS-C) data into the display system. Thanks to Eurocat’s advanced functionality, (NDCA) controllers are now able to guide airplanes anywhere within Namibia’s flight information region with high levels of precision, safety and security. This new configuration also enables Namibia to significantly reduce airplane separation within its airspace while considerably enhancing flight safety at the same time.
February 2012: Air Namibia (NMB) ordered 2 new A319 airplanes, seating 112 passengers in a 2 class layout.
May 2012: Air Namibia (NMB) has expanded its network to Botswana, Angola and Zimbabwe.
June 2012: Air Namibia (NMB) has announced plans to replace its 2 A340-300s used for its daily Windhoek Hosea Kutako International (WDH) to Frankfurt International (FRA) service by A330s to complete its fleet renewal plans.
January 2013: Air Namibia ((IATA) Code: SW, based at Windhoek Hosea Kutako International airport (WDH)) (NMB) has set October 1 as the planned long-haul service introduction data of its 2 A330-200s that will be delivered from Airbus Industrie (EDS) this summer to replace its 2 A340-300s. (NMB) currently operates the A340s on a daily service between Windhoek and Frankfurt International airport (FRA).
(NMB) currently serves 8 countries, 18 destinations and 22 routes.
July 2013: Air Namibia (NMB) added a flight to Windhoek to Luanda to offer daily A319-100 service from August 6.
August 2013: SkyTeam (STM) Alliance-linked carrier, Kenya Airways (KEN) is to code share with fellow African operator Air Namibia (NMB).
(KEN) will place its 'KQ' code on (NMB) flights from Johannesburg and Lusaka to Windhoek, while (NMB) will place its 'SW' code on (KEN) flights from Lusaka and Johannesburg to Nairobi. "By facilitating convenient travel for our passengers, this code share agreement will enable us to make a contribution towards spurring sustainable development in Africa," said (KEN) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mbuvi Ngunze. (NMB) brings to 20 the number of code share arrangements that (KEN) has signed with international airlines.
September 2013: Air Namibia (NMB) will lease 2 new A330-200s from USA lessor Intrepid Aviation, replacing 2 A340s, which are due to leave its fleet in October. (NAM) has inked a 12-year lease on the A330s, which are scheduled for delivery in September and November. “It has been estimated that with the introduction of the 2 A330-200 aircraft, (NMB) will realize a savings of up to -N$510 million/-$51 million over 60 months on operating costs alone (N$8.5 million per month).”
(NMB) will configure the A330-200s with 244 seats, comprising 30C lie-flat business class seats and 214Y economy seats fitted with individual seat-back monitors and video/audio on demand.
The A330-200s will primarily be deployed on (NMB)’s Windhoek to Frankfurt route, where the average load is 220 passengers per flight. (NMB) said the switch from the 278-seat A340 to the 244-seat A330 gives it a “right-size cabin” for this load. “The fleet upgrade ties in with our network expansion and frequency increase plans, using airplanes which are having a combination of low operating costs, high efficiency, flexibility, customer appeal and optimized performance,” Air Namibia (NAM) Head Corporate Communications Paulus Homateni Nakawa said.
Air Namibia (NMB), the Windhoek based national airline of the Republic of Namibia, has taken delivery of its 1st A330-200 from Airbus (EDS) at a ceremony in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the 1st of 2 A330s being leased by (NMB) from USA lessor Intrepid. (NAB)’s A330 features a 2-class cabin layout seating 244 passengers which comprises 30C business class seats and 214Y economy class seats.
(NAM) started commercial services with its 1st Airbus (EDS) airplanes in 2006 with an A340-300. (NMB) currently operates 4 A319s on regional routes, as well as 2 A340-300s on its flagship service from Windhoek to Frankfurt. ‘The high efficiency and low operating costs of the A330 makes it a perfect fit into our fleet. With an airplane we know to be both reliable and comfortable it will offer the best flight experience to our passengers“ said Ms Theopoltina M Namases Managing Director of Air Namibia (NMB).
The A330s, which span 250 to 300 seats, and include Freighters, (VIP), and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted >1,250 orders, with >1000 airplanes flying with close to 100 operators world wide. The A330 is 1 of the world’s most efficient airplanes with best in class operating economics. With numerous ongoing product improvements, it still remains the most cost-efficient and capable airplane, averaging dispatch reliability well >99%.
December 2013: (KfW) (IPEX)-Bank has closed financing of a new A330-200 airplanes for the Intrepid Aviation Group. The new A330-200 was delivered to Air Namibia (NMB) and will operate under a long-term operating lease agreement for the African airline.
(NMB) has officially bade farewell to its fleet of 2 A340-312s, used for the past 7 years to service its Windhoek International to Frankfurt International route. Both (51, V5-NME) and sister ship, (47, V5-NMF), have now been parked at Frankfurt International. The 2 quadjets, leased from (BCI) Aircraft Leasing, have now been replaced by 2 A330-200s (1451, V5-ANO; 1466, V5-ANP), on lease from Intrepid Aviation. (NMB) currently operates 10 airplanes, to 8 countries, 17 destinations, on 23 routes and 16 daily flights.
March 2014: Air Namibia (NAM) and Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) are continuing a Total Technical Support contract through 2018. Supporting two Airbus A330s, (DLH) (LTK) will provide services for components, engineering and line maintenance. In addition, the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) company will support lease returns of A340s.
August 2014: Air Namibia (NMB) is searching for a prominent international partner to help it expand, newly appointed (CEO) Rene Gsponer has said. With the recent overhaul of its board and business plan, (NMB) has seen a surge in demand coupled with a rise in revenue which, Gsponer told "Bloomberg" news in Johannesburg, it hopes to maintain.
In contrast to last year's hefty -NAD600 million/-USD56 million loss, (NMB) has so far managed to post a monthly profit and is on track to post its 1st overall annual profit in 5 years, he said. With a return to profitability secure, (NMB) will then turn its attention towards finding a worthwhile international partner.
“In the long run, we need to have a partnership to avoid shrinking to a regional player,” Gsponer said. “We need a strong international partnership.”
(NMB) currently operates a fleet of 4 A319-100s, 2 A330-200s and 4 ERJ-135s on domestic flights as well as flights throughout Southern, Central and West Africa, as well as to Frankfurt International.
In April this year, (NMB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Turkish Airlines ((IATA) Code: TK, based at Istanbul Atatürk) (THY) in which the Turks pledged to improve Air Namibia (NMB)'s operating and technical capabilities in the areas of human capital development and training, and coordinated network development. It is uncertain whether this is a precursor to a deeper relationship between the carriers.
Regionally, Emirates ((IATA) Code: EK, based at Dubai International) (EAD) signed a strategic cooperation agreement with (TAAG) Angola Airlines ((IATA) Code: DT, based at Luanda) (ANG) in December last year, while the Republic of Congo partnered Lufthansa ((IATA) Code: LH, based at Frankfurt International) (DLH) subsidiary, Lufthansa Consulting, in the launch of (ECAIR) - Equatorial Congo Airlines ((IATA) Code: LC, based at Brazzaville).
September 2015: Air Namibia (NMB) is locked in a bitter dispute with rival state-owned carrier Namibia flyafrica ((IATA) Code: N6, based at Windhoek International) (FLA) over the scope and validity of the Air Services Licence (ASL) allocated to (FLA) parent, Bay Air Aviation (Windhoek Eros) in 2002. Air Namibia (NMB) has questioned a Namibian Transportation Commission (TC) finding that Namibia flyafrica (FLA)'s (ASL) entitles it to serve Cape Town and Johannesburg Lanseria. A final ruling is expected later this month.
March 2016: Air Traffic & Navigation Services (SOC) Ltd has signed an important Air Traffic Management (ATM) contract with the Namibian Directorate of Civil Aviation (NDCA).
In terms of the agreement, (ATNS) will provide the necessary expertise and knowledge (to assist (NDCA) to migrate from the traditional manual Aeronautical Information System (AIS) to an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant automated Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Service).
(ATNS) (CEO) Thabani Mthiyane said future technologies in air navigation require the availability of and a timely exchange of accurate and quality assured digital Aeronautical Information (within Air Traffic Systems). "One of (ICAO)'s requirements, as defined in the (ICAO) (AIS)/(AIM) Transition Roadmap: - is the creation of a centralized repository for Aeronautical Information. Sharing of this information will be expanded to other aviation entities in Africa, using the appropriate exchange model" concluded Mthiyane.
The Agreement will commence at the beginning of April 2016 and ensue for a period of 7 years ending in 2023.
September 2017: Air Namibia ((IATA) Code: SW, based at Windhoek Int'l) (NMB) has confirmed it will resume scheduled passenger flights to West Africa early next year.
(NMB) said its Windhoek International to Lagos (Nigeria) to Accra (Ghana) return service would operate 4x-weekly effective March 25, 2018. (NMB) has been granted 5th Freedom traffic rights for the Ghana to Nigeria sectors of the flight which will operate on board A319-100 equipment.
Air Namibia (NMB) operated the route from 2009 until 2013 when poor load factors forced it to withdraw.
At present, the state-owned carrier runs scheduled passenger flights throughout Namibia as well as to South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana regionally. Frankfurt International, Germany, is its only long haul service.
June 2018: Air Namibia (NMB) launched its latest service on June 29, a triangular route encompassing Windhoek (WDH), Lagos (LOS) and Accra (ACC), with it having traffic right between the Nigerian and Ghanaian cities. Flights on the Windhoek to Lagos to Accra operation will be offered 4x-weekly, with (NMB) scheduled to link the African cities using its fleet of A319s.
The 3,574 km link between Windhoek and Lagos faces no direct competition, and neither does the 3,653 km city pairing of Windhoek and Accra. However, the short 399 km sector between Nigeria and Ghana is well served by 6 incumbents, with Africa World Airlines, Air Peace, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Med-View Airline and Fly Mid Africa offering 62x-weekly departures between them.
Apart from (NMB)’s service between Windhoek and Frankfurt, the direct flight between the Namibian capital and Lagos becomes (NMB)’s 2nd-longest sector, and its longest within the intra-African market.
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NMB-A319 - 2012-02
NMB-A330-200 - 2013-09
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0 727-23 (JT8D), (MIL) WET-LEASED 1998-10. RETURNED.
0 737-25A (JT8D-15A) (1422-23790, /87 V5-ANA "ONDEKAREMBA"), EX-(MID), (SFA) LEASED 2000-09. 20C, 87Y.
0 737-2L9 (JT8D-17) (550-21686, /79 V5-ANB "ETHOSHA"), EX-(MRS)/(CML), (SFA) LEASED 2000-11, RETURNED (SFA) 2001-07. 20C, 87Y.
0 737-2R8C (JT8D) (573-21711, 5H-MRK), (TNZ) LEASED 1999-04, RETURNED.
0 737-2V5 (JT8D-9A) (724-22531, /80 ZS-GCU), (SFA) WET-LEASED 2008-11, WITH "AIR NAMIBIA" TITLES. 20C, 87Y.
0 737-236 (JT8D) (599-21790, V5-AND), (SFA) LEASED 2004-06. RETURNED.
0 737-236 (JT8D) (697-21805, V5-ANE), (SFA) LSD 2006-06. RETURNED.
0 737-528 (CFM56-3C1) (2170-25228, /91 V5-NDI; 2180-25229, /91 V5-TNP), EX-(AFA), CAPEX LEASING LEASED. 25228; STORED. 25229; RETIRED. 20C, 87Y.
0 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (28218, D-AXLF), RETURNED (SGU) 2010-06.
0 747SP (JT9D-7FW) (288-21134, ZS-SPC), (SAA) 6 MONTH LEASED UNTIL 1999-12, RETURNED 1996-09.
0 747-48EBC (CF6-80C2B1F) (1131-28551, /97 V5-NMA "WELWITSCHIA"), EX-(AAR) 1998-07, (KLM) MAINTENANCE. SOLD TO (ABD) AS (VIP) 2004-08. 48C, 236Y. PALLETS.
0 767-300ER (PW4056) (25535), EX-CHALLENGE AIR (CHJ), (LTU) MAINTENNCE, (ETOPS) EQUIPPED, RETURNED 2000-02 (AWW), LEASED TO (BRI).
0 MD-11 (PW4462) (484-48484, /91 V5-NMC), EX-(CSR), CENTRAL AIR LEASING 18 MONTH LEASED 2004-09. RETURNED 2005-11. 12F, 49C, 180Y.
0 MD-11 (PW4462) (473-48453, V5-NMD), BANDUNG LEASED 2005-05. RETURNED 2006-09, LEASED TO (UPS).
2 A319-100, REPLACED 2 737-500'S. 112 PAX, 2 CLASS:
1 A319-111 (CFM56-5B6/P), (BGM) WET-LEASED 2010-08. 150Y.
2 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6) (3346, /07 VS-ANL; 3586, /08 VS-ANK), EX-(D-ABGI & D-ABGL) 2011-09. 16C, 96Y.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6) (3139, LZ-AOA), (BGH) LEASED 2010-05, EX-(D-ABGE), 16C, 96Y.
2 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6) (5366, /13 V5-ANM; 5400, /12 V5-ANN), 2013-03, 16C, 96Y.
2 A330-200 (TRENT 772B-60) (1451, V5-ANO, 1466, V5-ANP), EX-(EAD), REPLACED 2 A340-312s, 30C LIE-FLAT, 214Y.
0 A330-223 (362, SE-RBG), (NOO) WET-LEASED 2002-10, RETURNED.
0 A340-312 (CFM56-5C3/G) (047, /93 V5-NMF; 051, /94 V5-NME, 2006-09), EX-(DLH), AVEQUIS AIRCRAFT TRADING & REMARKETING SERVICE 7 YEAR LEASED. REPLACED WITH A330-200 AIRPLANES 2013-12. 44C, 234Y.
0 RAYTHEON BEECH 1900C (PT6A-67D) (UB-29; 73; SOLD TO ROSSAIR 2001-11) (UB-20; SOLD 2001-08), UB-29, ZS-OUC; LEASED 2001-08. 19Y.
0 RAYTHEON BEECH 1900D (PT6A-67D) (UE-004, /91 VS-OWN; UE-009, /92 V5-PEF; UE-023, /92 V5-OKN), 19Y.
0 FAIRCHILD DORNIER 328-300 (3200, V5-NMC; 3201, V5-NMD). 2 RETURNED.
0 F 28-3000 (11143; 11151), EX-(ANS), OPERATIONS BY KALAHARI EXPRESS 1999-10, 1 LEASED TO (GBI) 2000-11. 2 SOLD TO AIRQUARIUS
1 CASA/IPTN CN-235 (C007, V5-CAN), LEASED 2001-07.
4 EMBRAER ERJ-135-ER (AE3007-A3) (145243, V5-ANF, 2011-02; 145252, /00VS-ANI; 145335, /00 VS-ANG; 145335, /00 VS-ANH), TO REPLACE RAYTHEON BEECH 1900DS. AIR FRANCE REGIONAL WET-LEASED. 37Y.
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W KLEIN, CHAIRMAN.
MOSES SHIHEPO, ACTING GENERAL MANAGER (SEE PHOTO - 1L - 2018-06).
RENE GSPONER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2014-08).
MS THEOPOLTINA NAMASES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GERMOST RIEDEL, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
KEITH PETCH, GENERAL MANAGER (NAM).
HELOIS HOABEB, GENERAL MANAGER COMMERCIAL SERVICES.
CAPTAIN MIKE RABIE, CHIEF PILOT.
ROHAN ROSSOUW, CHIEF AVIATION SAFETY & SECURITY (WDHOZSW).
FRANCIS PWAPWA, SENIOR MANAGER MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (2002-01).
GERHARD DE KLERK, HEAD QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (2002-01) (WDHDZSW).
PAULUS HOMATENI NAKAWA, HEAD CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS.
EDDY MANDA, TECHNICAL MANAGER (1998-10).
I KIESEWETTER, TECHNICAL MANAGER.