AIR NAMIBIA TARGETS EUROPEAN MARKET, CONCLUDES DEAL WITH LUFTHANSA
Windhoek, 18th March 2014: In line with our strategic objectives of strengthening our network and increase access to more markets, Air Namibia is focussed on expanding its presence and reach in Europe. The recently launched campaign aims to offer its customers “one-stop” air connectivity to the rest of Europe, apart from Frankfurt, Germany, where the airline currently operates a direct flight from Windhoek.
Air Namibia operates 6 flights per week between Frankfurt and Windhoek during low season, and 7 flights per week during high season which starts from July to end of November each year, and these are serviced using the two brand new Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The A330-200 comes in a two class configuration of 30 business class and 214 economy class seats. Business Class seats offer a full flat bed, with individual monitors and video on demand while economy class seats also have individual monitors with video on demand.
Air Namibia is currently actively promoting the greater part of Europe, including countries such as Russia and Turkey as well as the Middle East and the Far East. We are also looking at offering connectivity to other key German cities apart from Frankfurt.
Xavier Masule, General Manager: Commercial Services says in order to access these beyond markets optimally, Air Namibia has to forge smart alliances with airlines operating in Europe.
“It is necessary for Air Namibia to partner with appropriate airlines to feed into our flights at Frankfurt. Frankfurt is Lufthansa’s hub and this makes Lufthansa the most appropriate and ideal airline to partner with,” says Masule.
Hence, effective 1 Dec 2013, an “airline to airline” commercial partnership agreement was concluded and implemented between Air Namibia and Lufthansa..
“This agreement enables traffic to feed and de-feed (traffic exchange) at Frankfurt between Lufthansa and Air Namibia with a convenient ‘one stop’ connection to more than 63 cities in Europe, including big cities in Germany on one issued ticket by Air Namibia,” Masule adds.
The move should be a welcome relief to travellers from Windhoek wishing to visit cities in Europe and vice versa as all other options for travel between any European destination and Windhoek involves either a minimum of two stops or at least a leg to be served using a train journey, which is long, inconvenient and time consuming.
“Europe is now more accessible and convenient than ever before. Air Namibia gives passengers access to multiple cities within each European country on a one ticket and one stop journey,” Masule concluded.
With its new alliance Air Namibia offers one-stop connectivity to the following countries;
|1||United Kingdom & Ireland – 5 cities||15||Latvia|
|2||France – 5 cities||16||Lithuania|
|3||Italy – 7 cities||17||Malta|
|12||Germany – 12 cities||26||Switzerland|
AIR NAMIBIA ANNOUNCES INCREASE ON ITS FLIGHT FREQUENCIES FOR ONDANGWA AND JOHANNESBURG ROUTES
Windhoek, Sunday 16th February 2014: Air Namibia announces additional flight frequencies on its domestic route (Windhoek-Eros and Ondangwa) and regional route between (Windhoek-HKIA and Johannesburg-SA) respectively, due to increase market demand.
Domestic route (Windhoek-Eros and Ondangwa): Effective from 01 April 2014. The airline will add new additional flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This means that Air Namibia will have 3 flights per day on these specific days of each week, whilst continuing operating two flights per day on the other days of the week.
New Departure Times for Tuesdays and Thursdays are as follow, effective 01 April 2014
Depart Windhoek (Eros) at 11:00
Depart Ondangwa at 13:30
The route sector between Windhoek and Ondangwa has proved to be the fastest growing route on our entire route network. During the past years, especially the beginning of 2011, Air Namibia offered 532 seats per week for the Eros-Ondangwa route. The number of seats offered on the route was increased to 1,036 per week from February 2011, representing a tremendous increase of 94%. With this latest capacity increase, the total seats offered will increase to 1,184 seats, representing a 14% increase.
Regional route (Windhoek and Johannesburg): Effective 31st March. Additional frequencies will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, bringing the total number of flights to be operated on these days to 3 per week. The new rotation will offer our clients an option for late departure out of Johannesburg-South Africa, and this slot will be ideal for business travellers.
New Departure Times for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:
Depart Windhoek at 14:55 Arrive in Johannesburg at 16:40, 2
Depart Johannesburg at 18:20 Arrive in Windhoek at 20:20.
This decision to increase our flight frequencies on these routes, testifies Air Namibia’s comitment to continue providing the best and convenient air transport to our flying publics, while offering them flexibility and more options.