Air Namibia receives Air Operator Certificate

WINDHOEK; Air Namibia on Monday finally received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) after operating without formal documentation since its licence expired on 16 June 2014.

The airline was given two weeks to comply with civil aviation regulations, or lose its air operator certificate.

“Air Namibia’s operational team has managed to close major findings in the two weeks’ extension, which expired on 30 June 2014, that the airline was granted by the Director of Civil Aviation (DCA) (Angeline Simana Paulo). This led to the airline receiving its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the DCA on 30 June 2014,” the spokesperson of the Air Namibia Board of Directors, Tim Ekandjo said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

Ekandjo said the airline has now ‘turned over a new leaf’ in its relationship with the DCA, adding that through this exercise, the airline has demonstrated to the DCA its stern stand on issues of compliance as per (civil aviation) regulations, and that the airline is willing to go beyond the normal requirements in the interest of safety, and this will be a new culture adopted by the airline going forward.

He noted that the airline fleet modernisation process which was completed at the end of 2013, has contributed to many benefits, amongst others cutting fuel costs, and further resulted on an improved on-time performance (OTP).

Ekandjo said the OTP improvement is testimony of the commitment towards service delivery and operational enhancement.

He said Air Namibia is ranked as having the youngest fleet in Africa, the “greenest and cleanest” airline in terms of carbon gas emissions in the world of aviation, positioning its performance among the world’s largest airlines.

“Our immediate goal is however not to make a profit but to be able to sustain ourselves, because we also have to be realistic about our role and mandate as an airline that we sometimes operate in the interest of other industries’ benefit, and thus positively contributing to the tourism and hospitality industries sometimes at our expense,” he said.

Ekandjo thanked the Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina on behalf of the Board for entrusting it with the full responsibility, without any interference whatsoever, to manage the affairs of the airline as the Board sees fit.

“The Board has endured a lot of negative criticism, but that is normal in leadership when you do the right thing and we are happy to be doing our jobs in the best interest of the airline,” he said.