04 Oct 2013 08:10
WINDHOEK, 04 OCT NAMPA - Air Namibia added another state-of-the-art aircraft to its fleet with the arrival of the Airbus 330-200 on Thursday.
A second A330-200 is expected to be delivered during November this year.
The event was witnessed by several high ranking officials and members of the diplomatic corps at the Hosea Kutako International Airport east of Windhoek, while performances by local artists, cultural dancers and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) band also formed part of the programme.
The Under Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Kenapeta Kauaria who delivered the keynote address on behalf of Works and Transport Deputy Minister Kilus Nguvauva said the delivery of the new aircraft is a milestone not only for Air Namibia, but for the entire Namibian nation.
Air transport is an important driver and enabler of socio-economic development of a county in the facilitation of trade and tourism development, he said.
He noted that the attainment of the Airbus and modernisation of the fleet is a fundamental part of Air Namibia's turnaround strategy.
Also speaking during the event, Airbuss Vice President of Sales for Africa, Hadi Akoum said efficient tools aid the development of the country's economy.
Unfortunately not many countries have realised that opening up a country through a strong airline can benefit mainly the population and development of their economy, thus I am very happy to see Namibia has decided to go for this and go for it in a proper way. I would love to see other countries in Africa following in Namibia's footsteps, Akoum stated.
The Airbus A330-200 has the capacity to carry 244 passengers, with the seating comprising 30 business and 214 economy class seats.
It will compliment Air Namibia's inventory of four Airbus A 319-100s and four Embraer ERJ 135s, which are mostly used for regional and intercontinental flights.
The Airbus A330-200 touched down on Namibian soil at 12h20 on Thursday.