Air Namibia gets another stay from liquidation
31.10.2020 – 00:40 UTC
Air Namibia (SW, Windhoek Int’l) has had another reprieve from liquidation after the Namibian High Court in Windhoek on October 29, 2020, postponed the case to December 1, 2020, on a legal technicality to allow the merits of the case to be heard, reports EagleFM.
The airline is opposing an application in which Anicet Baum, the Belgian liquidator of defunct Challengair (1I, Brussels National), seeks to have the cash-strapped national carrier liquidated, alleging it had failed to honour monthly instalments on a settlement of NAD400 million Namibian dollars (USD24.2 million) to Challengair. The settlement results from a longstanding dispute over Air Namibia’s lease and maintenance of a B767-300(ER) from Challengair in 1998.
Meanwhile, the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA) informed its members that Air Namibia had been suspended from the IATA Settlement Systems (ISS) after it failed to pay outstanding amounts due in relation to Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) and IATA Clearing House (ICH) settlements. ASATA had been informed according by Juan Antonio Rodriguez, IATA’s Director Financial Distribution Services…
Air Namibia resumes international flights
20.10.2020 – 13:58 UTC
Air Namibia (SW, Windhoek Int’l) has announced it will resume flights from Windhoek Int’l to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo and Cape Town from October 28, 2020, using a 37-seater EMB-135ER.
The airline used to operate A319-100s to South Africa but has decided on the lower gauge aircraft due to depressed demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said spokesperson, Twaku Kayofa. He said Air Namibia would increase capacity as demand grew during the upcoming high season summer holidays in the region.
He said a non-stop flight (SW723) to Johannesburg would depart 3x weekly. Flights to Cape Town would operate 2x weekly: SW703 non-stop and SW715 via Walvis Bay.
The airline has been operating three EMB-135s on domestic routes from Windhoek Eros to Walvis Bay, Ondangwa, Caprivi, and Rundu. Insiders said the resumption of international services became possible after the airline’s fourth EMB-135 became available after undergoing routine maintenance at Air Namibia’s Eros hangar. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Air Namibia operates three A319-100…
Air Namibia’s international ops remain grounded
14.10.2020 – 12:02 UTC
All international operations of cash-strapped Air Namibia (SW, Windhoek Int’l) remain on hold until further notice, but have not been indefinitely suspended, spokesperson Twaku Kayofa told ch-aviation, while the airline faces a court application for its liquidation.
Kayofa denied an earlier report by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), which said that the international flights were dropped permanently.
“The reasons, among others, are that borders of some countries, to which we operate, have not yet reopened. Air Namibia operates a network that requires multiple destinations in order to feed the network. Air Namibia will inform the public in advance regarding the restart of international flights. In the meantime, Air Namibia continues to offer charter flight operations worldwide,” he said.
Kayofa added the airline recently operated a charter flight to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo for the Namibian national football team and continues to service four destinations domestically, including Walvis Bay, Ondangwa, Caprivi, and Rundu.
On October 26, 2020, the Windhoek Supreme Court will hear an application from the Belgium administrator of defunct…
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