Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines sign MoU

WINDHOEK: Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here last month to enhance commercial cooperation between the two airlines.

Air Namibia’s Managing Director Theo Namases and Turkish Airlines’ Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Dr Ahmet Bolat signed the agreement on 11 March.

Air Namibia’s Head of Corporate Communications Paulus Nakawa said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the MoU will culminate in a number of specific agreements being concluded, covering different envisaged areas of cooperation.

“This milestone is in line with the two airlines’ strategies of promoting ‘airline-to-airline’ cooperation with a view of strengthening their respective airlines,” he noted.

The agreement also seeks to facilitate human capital development and training, coordinated network development, strengthening the operating and technical capabilities of Air Namibia as well as the overall improvement of Air Namibia’s service standards and efficiency levels.

Namases was quoted in the statement as saying that the cooperative agreement is in line with the company’s roadmap, which will see Air Namibia building a strong business, strengthening the route network, improving commercial agility and service standards, ensure better high-dispatch reliability as well as human capital development aspects.

“Turkish Airlines is a good benchmark for us, given their record-high achievements over the last couple of years, including being crowned the Best Airline in Europe three years in a row, including the year 2013,” she enthused.

Bolat was also quoted in the statement as saying that “this cooperation is an instance in the construction of global aeronautical services by Turkish Airlines, together with top partners of the aviation industry”.

He said Turkish Airlines is highly-focused on Africa concerning its expansion plans on its flight services, as well as other related services.

“By building a bridge between Turkey and Namibia via our Istanbul hub, we are also strengthening our presence in the top-emerging market economy in the region,” he noted.