Monday, March 4, 2024

Air Botswana says operations have stabilised

The national Airline ÔÇô Air Botswana was this week over the moon announcing return of stability in its operations.

This follows the trimming down of the airline’s flying schedule in the past month.

“Passengers will begin to realize the reinstatement of flights, including the gradual increment of flight frequencies across our route network.” reads part of the AB statement.

Air Botswana admitted that the last few months have been tough on its operations.

“The essence of our re-fleeting project seeks to provide our esteemed customers with an enhanced customer experience which we invite you to come and be a part of”, continued the press statement.

For some time now the air line struggled to meet its customer service demand due to the delay in certification of its new jet Embraer E-170. The 70 seater jet has been parked since its acquisition last year owing to licensing and certification processes. 

Air Botswana currently owns four aircrafts which comprise of two new ATR 72-600, one Embraer E- 170 jet and an ATR 42-500. The new jet was acquired from a Canadian Company named Regional One. It was delivered and was officially handed on 29 December 2018 in Gaborone. The acquisition of the jet is part of Air Botswana’s fleet upgrade programme. The airline has acquired another jet and it is expecting it in the third quarter of 2019. 

Meanwhile in mid April Air Botswana signed a pool agreement with one of its suppliers, Embraer, in a deal in which the carrier will receive full repair coverage for components and parts as well as unlimited access to large stock of components from Embraer.

It is said that the components solution program is part of a suite of services that Embraer offers to support the growing fleet of Embraer aircraft worldwide through TechCare – the new Embraer platform that assembles the entire portfolio of products and solutions to deliver the best experience and services and support.


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