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End of an era

End of an era

Niël Terblanché

 

THE two biggest aircraft in the fleet of the former national airline has left Namibia to be returned to the rightful owner in Europe.

 

Almost two months after Air Namibia was finally liquidated the two Airbus A330-200 aircraft, still painted in the colours of the bankrupt airline, departed from the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Wednesday morning while employees of the Namibia Airports Company looked on

 

The departure of the two 244-seater A330-200 aircraft that serviced Air Namibia’s long haul routes to Europe signalled the end of an era.

 

Both aircraft were leased from Air Lease 80 in Ireland which instructed Air Namibia in February to return its property after the liquidation triggered the cancellation of the lease agreement. The lease agreement that would have been valid from May 2012 to October 2025.

 

The Namibian Government as the main shareholder of Air Namibia is contractually bound to honour the full agreement which means Namibian taxpayers will have to fork out as much as N$2.4 billion to free the airline and its shareholder from their financial obligation.

 

The aircraft that departed from the Hosea Kutako International Airport is bound for Leipzig in Germany where it will be put into storage.

 

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