Air Namibia announced that it will wet lease an Airbus 340-500 to temporarily replace one of its Airbus 330-200 on the route between Windhoek and Frankfurt, effective 13 May 2016.
Portuguese wet-lease specialist HiFly is expected to operate on the route on behalf of the African airline for ten days.
This A340-500 comes in a two-class cabin configuration, with 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 minimize 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 our senior captains”, Air Namibia said in a statement.
“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 maintaining our flight schedules are far as possible hence having decided to on this short term lease arrangement to prevent schedule disruptions”, commented Paul Nakawa, Manager for Corporate Communications at Air Namibia.