Air Namibia has temporarily replaced one of the Airbus A330-200 on the Windhoek – Frankfurt route effective 13 May 2016, with a wet leased Airbus A340-500 aircraft.
The temporary use of the HiFly aircraft is expected to be for a period of ten (10) days. The A340-500 which was leased from HiFly (5K) is in a two class cabin configuration of 36 Business Class seats offering full flat beds and a seat pitch of 78 inches, as well as 201 Economy Class seats offering a seat pitch of 33 inches.
In order to minimise flight disruptions, Air Namibia management opted to wet lease an aircraft to complement the other A330-200 that services the Windhoek/Frankfurt, in order to ensure continued service delivery to our flying publics.
There are not enough pilots to operate this route due to sudden and unexpected illness of five of their senior captains.
“We would like to use this opportunity to assure our stakeholders that Air Namibia is committed to ensuring that our safety standards are upheld at all times, and we are committed to maintain our flight schedules are far as possible hence having decided to on this short term lease arrangement to prevent schedule disruptions”, said Paul Nakawa, Manager for Corporate Communications at Air Namibia.
Wet lease operation is an arrangement whereby companies lease their airplane/aircraft with flight crew to another airline.